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Volt sales continue to grow

General Motors has been pushing the Volt for well over a year as sales continue to rise and fall depending on the month. In March of 2012, GM suspended production of the Volt due to weak demand. Production of the Volt was started back up in April of 2012, earlier than expected, thanks to an uptick in demand for the extended range electric vehicle.
General Motors has now announced that in June 2012 it sold 1,760 Volts, which is double what it sold in June 2011. So far in 2012 General Motors the sold 8,817 Volts, which adds up to more than three times the 2,745 Volts that it sold in the same period of 2011. In fact, so far in 2012 GM has sold more Volts than in all of 2011. Total Volts sales in 2011 were roughly 7,600 units.
General Motors continues to outsell its closest Japanese rival, the Nissan Leaf by more than 3 to 1. That is no surprise considering the Leaf is a pure electric vehicle whereas the Volt has an onboard generator that allows for a much longer driving distance than the Leaf.
Compared to the Volt, sales of the Nissan Leaf plummeted 69% for June to 535 units. Nissan has only been able to sell 3,418 Leaf EV's so far in 2012, a decline of 19% over the same period 2011.

Nissan maintains that will sell 20,000 Leaf EVs in the US this year, but that seems far-fetched. Nissan would need to sell 2763 Leafs each month for the remainder of the year, which is more of the vehicles than Nissan has sold all year.

Source: Detroit News

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RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By WalksTheWalk on 7/5/2012 11:26:06 AM , Rating: 0
Yes, it seems that GM realized at some point that they can't make a 100% electric drive engine efficient when providing current through the combustion engine and they made it a run of the mill electric/gas hybrid. They did, however, retain the original price which doesn't seem to make much sense. Ford, on the other had, has a much more sensible approach to hybrids. I still don't think they are worth my money given the cost and efficiency of gas engine economy these days.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By Jeffk464 on 7/5/2012 5:34:04 PM , Rating: 3
Supposedly the lighter the hybrid the quicker the payoff so cars like the fusion and camry hybrid should pay for themselves quickly.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By Jeffk464 on 7/5/2012 5:35:54 PM , Rating: 3
Mazda came up with an even lighter "hybrid" it has regenerative brakes that it just uses to run accessories and charge the battery. It should be interesting to see how this works out, if you designed the AC to run off a motor instead of the belt it could be significant.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By YashBudini on 7/5/2012 10:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to know why a technology similar to this couldn't be used on auto struts/shock absorbers to generate power.

It would seem output would vary with the number of copper windings, magnet strength, and the proximity to the windings.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By Mint on 7/12/2012 2:45:19 PM , Rating: 2
I can't see that being particularly useful. The city MPG difference between a good hybrid and a good regular ICE is something like 50%, and even more for people in heavy stop-and-go areas. You'd need a really beastly AC system at continuous full blast year round to get even half of that difference.

Besides, if you have regenerative brakes, then why not use that generator as a motor as well, getting all the advantages of a hybrid? Even regular hybrids are getting rather pointless when all you need is a bigger battery and a charger to make it a PHEV and slash your fuel costs.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By jharper12 on 7/6/2012 11:54:45 AM , Rating: 2
Not to let this one walk away unscathed as well, WalksTheWalk also knows absolutely nothing about this topic. They could make this work with a 100% electric drive... you perfectly hapless idiot. In fact, the engine NEVER COMES ON AT ALL while the battery is charged. Repeat after me, "I'm an idiot, I don't know what I'm talking about." They chose to allow the engine to kick in AFTER THE BATTERY IS DISCHARGED, to gain a 5% efficiency in fuel economy.

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