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
8/3/2012 2:58:59 PM
I'm against the Volt and all that go with it.
It's not political!
So you are against Electronic Drive?
Against using Less Oil?
Against using Domestic Energy?
Against US based Innovation?
Against Niche Cars?
Against 4 Door Sedans?
Against Lift Backs?
Against Black Strip Styling?
What exactly are you against? Outside the political double talk and political tax credit? (After all you said its not political)
I have a hard time how anyone could be against electronic drive. Against paying for it personally or politically yes. But how can you be against a significantly more efficient form of drivetrain that provides "linear" power? Electronic Drive is -so- good that the Model S doesn't even need a gearbox!
Or maybe its batteries in cars? Good luck finding a car without several batteries in it. Both Lithium AND Lead Acid. How do you think your key fob works? -TWO- batteries. 1 Lithium based and 1 NiMH or Lithium based.
If you take the politics of enfornced public contrabution away, there really isn't -anything- to be against.
RE: Come on
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
8/6/2012 8:24:40 AM
I'm against it being forced on us daily.
It's just a PR, mearketing event. I'm against the crap media, and the crap PR GM marketing people that constantly keep the Volt in the news to drum up sales. And they are't. They aren't selling in any big numbers.
Which was my first point - the sales Are NOT SURGING!
"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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