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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 Masospaghetti on 7/5/2012 3:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
GM could still make the versions you suggest by eliminating the clutch between the engine and drivetrain. They chose to couple the two together in the production Volt because it increased efficiency.

The motor has 149 hp and about 5,000,000,000 ft-lbs of torque. I doubt it would have any trouble maintaining highway speeds without the range extender.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 7/5/2012 3:28:18 PM , Rating: 3
It's actually 273lbft, but it certainly gets off the line quicker than most cars surrounding me in traffic. I guess the silence makes mashing the pedal a lot less obvious to outsiders..

Incidentally, from 0-50mph, the Volt feels like basically a turbodiesel in 2nd gear, but zero lag and a pretty high RPM limit. Between 50-60 there's an "upshift" when the ring gear starts spinning up and the final gear ratio gets taller to handle higher speeds more efficiently.

Oh, and btw, while the battery SoC is above its minimum level, Volt is all-electric all the way to its maximum limited speed of 100mph.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By twhittet on 7/5/2012 3:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
while the battery SoC is above its minimum level, Volt is all-electric all the way to its maximum limited speed of 100mph.

You are 100% correct, and I admit I am wrong on that concern. Admittedly a confusing subject, and has has been argued about in multiple other places before. GM's own marketing likes to downplay the use of the ICE engine for ANY propulsion, when it should stress the ability of the electric to do 100mph at full torque.

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