General Motors Rings Up Better Sales for Volt in June 2012, Nissan Leaf Sales Plummet
July 5, 2012 9:20 AM
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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
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
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.
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RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
7/5/2012 11:49:48 AM
No, it is not "just another damn hybrid." There are important benefits to having the engine directly power the wheels in certain circumstances. Why the hell does it have to be all electric all the time? Doing so would actually detract from the all electric range and from the driver experience. I spend a lot of money on gas commuting and the technology in the Volt makes sense but the cost is too high yet. Over time the technology will improve and the cost will come down.
As for the Leaf, with its design and limited (run out and be stuck) range, it amounts to an expensive toy.
RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
7/5/2012 4:09:24 PM
Because without being driven purely by electricity you cannot change the power source.
With pure electric long as you have some source of juice you can swap the power source at will.
Fuel cell, bio-diesel, solar, batteries, whatever.
Turning it into a complicated hybrid removed options.
RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
7/5/2012 5:46:05 PM
How many people who own a Volt will be swapping power sources in and out? This is a particular product that GM felt they could sell while still improving the technology. They could have made it all electric and with little effort they could still make it all electric with a different power source. In fact, while designing it they internally discussed various possibilities. The point was not to make the best electric car, it was to make the best electric car that could be used in the real world by people who want to minimize fuel use, don't want to be stuck somewhere for hours refueling and are not going to be carrying around various power sources.
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