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This is compared to October 2012's sales of 2,961

Chevrolet's Volt saw a dip in sales for the month of October, but it better watch its back as Nissan's Leaf creeps up behind.

According to The Detroit News, General Motors (GM) saw a 32 percent decrease in Volt sales for the month of October 2013 compared to October 2012. 

The drop sent sales from 2,961 Volt sales in October 2012 to 2,022 last month. For the year overall, Volt sales are down 2.7 percent to 18,782. 

Why the drop? According to senior analyst Michelle Krebs, gas prices are continuing to fall and traditional gas-powered vehicles are achieving 40 MPG and higher, meaning that some consumers don't see the need for electric vehicles. 

But other EVs seem to be doing just fine despite competition from gas vehicles. Nissan's all-electric Leaf, for instance, saw a 27 percent increase in October sales to 2,002. The Leaf's year-to-date sales are up 167 percent to 18,078 -- right on the Volt's tail. 

Nissan has made some enticing offers for the Leaf this year as a way to increase sales. For instance, it cut the Leaf's base model price more than $6,000 to $28,800 back in January. It also dropped lease prices for the Leaf in an attempt to get more of them on the road. 

Since then, it has addressed issues like batteries overheating by testing a new Leaf battery with a different lithium-ion cell chemistry meant to handle heat (the tests are putting the batteries in sustained internal temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit), and if all goes well, they'll be available in April 2014) and offering Leaf customers free charging for one year in Texas starting October 1 (it's due to spread to other states over time). 

The Volt saw a price drop recently to spur sales as well. In August, GM reported that it would cut $5,000 from the base MSRP of the Chevrolet Volt. As a result, the new price of entry for the plug-in is $34,995. Of course, this still makes it more expensive than the Leaf. 

Source: The Detroit News

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Cheap is the reality
By foxalopex on 11/5/2013 11:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
Cheap sells sadly. As much as I would like to believe folks care about the environment and each other. I tend to suspect that folks would kill each other and burn the environment if they could save money.

That said, I do own a Chevy Volt myself. It's a very nice car. For folks that argue that it's not a true EV and a Prius? Try driving 30-40 miles everyday without visiting the gas station for 5 months in a Prius. I'll bet you probably can't pull that off. The Volt is an EV for any short range trip where you would normally use about a gallon of gas. It only turns into a hybrid on long distance trips. It's ability to use either is what makes it shine as a car, and unfortunately why it costs a bit more.

Compare that to Leaf which can't be used in long distance trips realistically. Where costs were cut because they ditched liquid cooling in the battery causing some owners to experience massive permanent battery losses if you live in warm climates. Sadly, they still haven't fixed this issue but are busy "testing" a fix.

Even the Telsa S despite being a lot faster, can't go cross country because in Canada Superchargers don't really exist.

So yes the Volt costs more, but there are good reasons why it does. There's no pure EV that works in so many places as it does but the reality is, people prefer cheap over ability so I'm not surprised.

RE: Cheap is the reality
By lelias2k on 11/5/2013 12:25:52 PM , Rating: 2
I tend to suspect that folks would kill each other and burn the environment if they could save money.

That is exactly what corporations are doing. They never stopped and probably never will, unless the population demands it. But with the lack of education, when will that happen?

An uneducated citizen is much easier to control.

RE: Cheap is the reality
By josh_b on 11/5/2013 12:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
"Even the Telsa S despite being a lot faster, can't go cross country because in Canada Superchargers don't really exist."

There are many high-speed L2 chargers across the country. FYI I don't have any affiliation with them, but Sun Country has already made a huge dent in terms of charging infrastructure:

Additionally many hotels in Canada are installing 70-80A/208V chargers. They'll take a Model S from completely depleted to a range mode charge in under 4 hours.

It is possible to travel across many parts of Canada in an EV.

RE: Cheap is the reality
By Mint on 11/5/2013 3:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
That's really cool, but that network doesn't charge fast enough to take away the advantages of the Volt. 20kW will have you charging 1 hour for every 1 hour of driving. A Model S will make that 4h/4h, which isn't really any better.

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