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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 Solandri on 7/5/2012 3:37:06 PM , Rating: 2
I lost respect because it was no longer an electrical car with a "range extender" - you now absolutely NEED the engine to hit certain speeds/acceleration!

Your opinion is based on the completely unsubstantiated assumption that pure electric is always superior to hybrid. From what I've read, it sounds like the GM engineers did their homework, and came up with a system which gives you the best of both worlds (electric and gas). Sometimes running on full electric is better, sometimes running on full gas is better, and the system they designed with the Volt will switch between the two depending on which is better.

Engineering solution spaces are typically complex enough that it's virtually impossible to hit an optimal design with a single solution.
The Fusion Energi is estimated to get BETTER MPGe than the Volt.

It's estimated to get better MPGe than the Prius as well. And for that matter the Volt gets better MPGe than the Tesla S, which is the only all-electric out there with comparable range. Which would seem to contradict your assumption that all-electric > hybrid.

RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By twhittet on 7/5/2012 3:54:12 PM , Rating: 1
Nowhere did I "assume" all electric > hybrid. I had hoped all the $ and R&D they put into the a serial/parallel hybrid would produce a superior car to a standard hybrid design.

Also, your explanation is pointless - read Dr Kenneth Noisewater's informed explanation. Your point didn't refute my frustration at the "range extender" being linked ("meshed") to driving the wheels directly at all.

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