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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 restart production 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. 


Nissan Leaf
 
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."
 

Chevrolet Volt
 
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.
 
Detroit News 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.

Source: Detroit News



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RE: Come on
By semiconshawn on 8/2/2012 5:21:37 PM , Rating: 1
F you. You bought a car that I helped pay for. Tax credit my butt. I am going out on a limb here to say that our tax dollars could be used for something better than to get already well off people to buy an electric car!!! STUPID STUPID STUPID. If you can afford a volt you dont need the government helping you buy a car! Is that political? Seems more common sense.


RE: Come on
By Reclaimer77 on 8/2/2012 6:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
I totally agree with you, but he said he's driven it. I don't think he owns one. Unless I missed something.


RE: Come on
By cruisin3style on 8/2/2012 7:18:21 PM , Rating: 2
I just had a thought while reading these comments

Luxury cars, which has been mentioned time and again by naysayers is the segment the Volt's price exists in, usually don't get great gas mileage. If we just consider regular old internal combustion-engined cars (and not hybrids/plug-in cars that qualify for rebates and such) then Luxury cars are often powered by 6 cylinder engines, and V8s aren't out of the question. Usually these cars get low 20s city and maybe 30 or so highway, IIRC.

What I'm getting at is-- maybe bean counters realized offering a rebate, even if the rebate is going to go to people who can afford $40k cars, makes more sense than having these people buy a "gas guzzling" luxury car and be more at the mercy of OPEC nations and oil price fluctuations

anyway like i said just a thought


RE: Come on
By Reclaimer77 on 8/2/2012 8:22:50 PM , Rating: 1
That's a terrible thought. It's not the job of the Government to dictate what segment of cars people buy, what fuel they use, or anything of the sort.

And if they're so concerned about OPEC stop doing stupid crap like blocking pipeline projects and shutting down deep offshore drilling.


RE: Come on
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 8/3/2012 11:02:06 AM , Rating: 1
Yep, and I particularly enjoyed taking your US$0.000025 off of my return!

BTW, how much mortgage interest, state tax and child credit are you taking off of _your_ taxes? Because those are subsidies too. Mortgage interest deduction subsidizes mortgages (banks, housing prices), state tax deductions subsidize hightaxland at the expense of lowtaxland, and child credits subsidize fucking and reproduction.

I'll take back as much of my money as I can anyway I can, it's the American way!


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