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
8/6/2012 4:57:37 PM
You WANT to believe the Volt is a "disaster" because you have been carefully and expensively taught (with your own artificially expensive gasoline purchases!) to hate all forms of transporation energy other than gasoline and petroleum-derived diesel.
Thus, you have a desire to reject all good news and gleefully trumpet all setbacks.
In the real world, the Volt has sold mone units in its first year than the Toyota Prius did in the Prius's first year. And this year the Volt is on track to DOUBLE last year's sales. The Prius also endured jeers over its initial high prices, qualification for tax breaks and other incentives, green ethos, etc., but Toyota did not get rattled, calmly gave the Prius time to find its market, and now the Prius is a monster hit, one of the top sellers in America, THE top seller in Japan, cheaper by nearly half in real dollars due to economies of scale, no longer qualifying for tax breaks due to high sales, and a major profit generatior for Toyota. Do we have the same attention span, long-term discpline, and focus as the Japanese?
Going by you, no.
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