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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 YashBudini on 7/5/2012 10:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
Any combustion engine used strictly for powering a generator should have a constant load. Given that you can design an ICE for a very small power-band and camshaft configuration would be optimized for a narrow range. This should improve efficiency and lower emissions at the same time. It's also the reason a small diesel engine would be quite at home running at a constant speed, or not at all. A diesel engines lack of rpm range would become a non-issue.

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The MPG numbers would be lower without it, with no improvement in functionality.

While that may hold true today it won't necessarily hold true in the future.


RE: Ford Fusion FTW!
By Mint on 7/12/2012 3:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's not that simple. If your losses going from mechanical energy to electricity through the generator and then back to mechanical via the motor are greater than the losses of less than off-peak efficiency difference and drivetrain, then such a solution isn't optimal. It's unlikely that engineers are making bad decisions here.

ICE efficiency is not as significant in a PHEV, though. Chances are that you'll be doing less than 20% of your mileage on gas, so even if another PHEV gets 15% more MPG in extended range mode, it's only going to cut total fuel costs by ~5%.


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