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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 jharper12 on 7/6/2012 11:51:12 AM , Rating: 2
First off, lots of companies have claimed they can/will make something better and release it to the public as a production vehicle. Over a year ago, I had to listen to the same comments regarding the Fisker Karma. Let's break down your comment:

1) Really? In a technologically driven vehicle/environment you don't see a vehicle that was developed and for sale in 2010 as being as competitive and relevant as a vehicle that may be released within the next year... three years later? Tip of the hat to you good sir. I'm just glad I didn't buy the original iphone since three years later I was able to buy an HTC Evo, which was way better technology.

2) "Ford has not released any of the Fusion Energi's key specs, such as all-electric range, charge times, price and so on." They are probably aiming to compete with the Prius, which will probably have an all electric range of around 13 miles. So, despite the better hybrid mileage, you'll still probably use significantly more gas during your commute with the Ford.

3) GM could have designed the Volt to have an independent generator, but they thought, "Hmm... if we allow this to be a part of the powertrain under certain conditions, we can increase the fuel economy by 5%!" Little did those engineers know that people are idiotic and hate efficiency. Really... really you want any kind of generator available? Like what?!

Here's how I envision you at the moment:
Ohhh, this really needs a diesel because it's sooooo efficient, despite the fact that I'm completely clueless about the fact that first, it's a lot harder to gain efficiency with a diesel engine that has to start and stop constantly, second, the whole point of the Volt is to not run the engine often, so you'll never reclaim the cost of a diesel with the additional mileage benefit given how many miles the engine will be running and the upfront investment of the diesel engine. WOOOO Diesel1!!1!!!

But, but... CNG!!! Yes, because people joking about an infinitely long power plug aren't going to be put off enough by an electric car, let's give them a substitute fuel that's barely available on a nationwide scale. Further, let's reduce the load capacity down from 750 lbs to 600 lbs, and leave no cargo room... because we're going to need a large CNG tank. Granted this option will cost an extra $10k, but people will love it, because over the life of their car they'll save at least $3k!!!!

The engineers that designed this car knew what they were doing, and the drivetrain is brilliant. You're backing a vehicle that isn't even released, without any production numbers. Would you like to explain yourself? Or are you ok with being viewed as a non-engineer know-nothing who spouts off hatred of good design?


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