Chevrolet Volt Sales See 32 Percent Dip in October, Nissan Leaf Catching Up for the Year
November 4, 2013 2:44 PM
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This is compared to October 2012's sales of 2,961
saw a dip in sales for the month of October, but it better watch its back as
creeps up behind.
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 Edmunds.com 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
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
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.
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Classification isn't based on intent or specific design of operation. It's based on what's in the vehicle at the time of manufacture.
The legal framework of the European Union and it's various councils (such as the EEC or the EC) actually spells it out somewhat explicitly, especially in their newest type-approval framework directive 2007/46/EC which effectively covers all on-road vehicles, regardless of their means of propulsion.
The implication of this framework means that unless a vehicle is powered STRICTLY by electricity ONLY, and it does not obtain its energy from any other sources; then, and ONLY then can it be called an electric vehicle. ANY augmented system (whether it's petrol/electric, diesel/electric, hydrogen/electric, CNG/electric, or LPG/electric, etc...), by the regulatory framework; it's a hybrid.
The definition that's spelled out in Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 86 states: "Electric vehicle means any vehicle which operates solely by use of a battery
or battery pack. This definition also includes vehicles which are powered mainly through the use of an electric
battery or battery pack, but which use a flywheel that stores energy produced by the electric motor or through
regenerative braking to assist in vehicle operation."
(40CFR86.1702-99, p.270, 7-1-12 Edition)
and "Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) means any vehicle which is included in the definition of a ‘‘series hybrid electric
vehicle,’’ a ‘‘parallel hybrid electric vehicle,’’ or a ‘‘battery assisted combustion engine vehicle.’’" (ibid.)
and "Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) means a hybrid electric vehicle that has the capability to charge the battery from an off-vehicle electric source, such that the off-vehicle source cannot be connected to the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion." (40CFR86.1803-01, p.340, 7-1-12 Edition)
Therefore; the Volt is a plug-in hybrid. (And just cuz most people CAN do their daily driving on battery alone does NOT make it an EV.) The only way that you can actually call it an EV (officially) is for it to be recognized by the respective regulations/legislations that allow you to sell the vehicle in the first place. Otherwise, you can call it a magic carpet for all I care; and just cuz you call it such, doesn't necessarily make it such. (In fact, you almost don't use the official terminology that's recognized by the various authoritive bodies because often times, I presume it's because they don't like those terms. But they are what they are. And unless you're going to petition the EU/EPA to change the names (which, if you do that, they can be like "sure, we'll change the name. But we're also going to change 150 other things that's now going to make more work for you, so...here you go."), it doesn't matter what YOU call it. It's what THEY call it. And you have to play by their regulatory rules (since they have the power to stop you from selling it or causing a LOT of grief, heartache/heartburn for you). And it'll likely hurt you a lot more than it's going to hurt them if they put you in a stop-sell condition, since GM/Chevy's in the business of selling cars. Pick the fights that need fighting.
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