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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 knutjb on 8/3/2012 4:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
Your argument against capitalism is flawed. In the link they complain that much of the money went back to the US to buy equipment. Where else were they supposed to buy or build them? They were devastated and had little infrastructure. The Marshal Plan was to prevent what happened after WWI with Germany. Unfortunately much of "Modern History" is pretty flawed in its bad-America message. We are by no means perfect but to do nothing would have been far worse. BTW, De Gaulle thought he won the war and the French, who lost control of their country twice and had it returned by us still have a chip on their shoulder. With the socialist Hollande in charge watch France look more like Greece and Spain than Germany.

Our problem is not Capitalism but Cronyism passed off as Capitalism. Yes, Capitalism does require some regulation to function properly. Also, what other form of government is more successful? None. Communism, Socialism, Fascism, et al fail miserably because they discount human behavior and emotions. They are nothing more than empty promises that can never be delivered on, equal outcome instead of equal opportunity. Look at Europe today. Those bastions of Socialism! The few sort of successful Nordic ones are having to kick out immigrants who refuse to assimilate because they siphon off resources and they have little room for error in their ludicrously over taxed economies. That is their choice and it can work to a point in small countries but it risks faltering by pulling too much out of the economy.

Read the Federalist papers, John Locke, Aristotle's Ethics, Milton Friedman, the depression of 1920 and what corrected it, and F.A. Hayek to correct your unfortunate, delusional, left biased indoctrination.

If you have no context in which to apply to what you are feed at what passes as education these days you have a greater probability of becoming what Stalin called his useful idiots.


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