Sales of Chevrolet Volt Surge as Nissan Leaf Sales Wither
August 2, 2012 9:43 AM
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Volt selling well as other green cars falter
Sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle have been very much up and down since the car launched. At one point Chevrolet placed
production of the Volt on hold
due to poor demand only to
earlier than expected due to an uptick in sales. At the same time, sales of the pure electric-powered Nissan Leaf have continued to struggle as it becomes clear Nissan will be unable to meet its lofty sales goals for 2012.
Nissan had expected to sell 20,000 electric vehicles in the U.S. during 2012 and has so far only been able to sell 3,543. During the month of July, Nissan sold just 395 Leaf EVs, which represents a decline of 58% compared to July 2011.
Although Nissan isn't selling very many Leaf EVs, the automaker still insists it will meet its 20,000-unit goal for 2012. That goal seems very unlikely since Nissan will need to sell close to 3,300 Leaf EVs each month for the remainder of the year.
"Our target has not changed," said Nissan spokesman David Reuter on Wednesday, acknowledging that, "sales to date have not met our expectations."
GM is faring better with its Volt with sales rising compared to July of 2011 to 1,849 units in July 2012 compared to only in 125 units in July 2011. Through the first first seven months of 2012, GM has sold 10,666 Volt extended range electric vehicles for an increase of 270% compared to the first seven months of 2011.
reports that sales of the Volt have been boosted by factors outside of Chevrolet's control, including the fact that California granted lone Volt drivers the ability to access carpool lanes. One in every three Volts sold are purchased in California.
GM sold more than twice as many Volts in July as Toyota sold
Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles
. Toyota moved only 688 of the latest Prius variant during July.
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RE: Range is the deal breaker for the Leaf.
8/2/2012 10:29:09 AM
Whether or not the Volt is a good car or not aside, I think the concept of the Volt is the near-term future.
An electric vehicle with some form on power generation onboard to extend it's range, whether this is a gas engine, diesel, fuel cell, nuclear, or bottled farts, is great.
Ideally, I'd love to see the cars have this onboard generator be modular, so you could swap out a gas engine for a fuel cell.
This type of design can bridge the gap until battery technology progresses enough for general population use.
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