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: Come on
8/2/2012 7:18:21 PM
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
8/2/2012 8:22:50 PM
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.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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