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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 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 $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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RE: Are the Leaf and Volt competing products?
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2013 12:35:15 AM , Rating: 2
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I treat my Chevy Volt as pure EV. I have driven over 29,000 miles and counting without switching over to gas.


Who cares? How you use something is irrelevant! The Volt is a plug in hybrid with a larger battery, it's NOT an electric vehicle. It's classified as a hybrid.


RE: Are the Leaf and Volt competing products?
By plug1n volt on 11/6/2013 8:29:53 AM , Rating: 2
The official term for the Chevy Volt is EREV which stands for "Extended Range Electric Vehicle"

Terms are pretty meaningless, it is the results that are important. I buy 1.2 gallons of gas per year and drive 20,000 miles or so. In my eyes it is an electric vehicle and I treat it as such.

When people think of a hybrid they think of a Prius which uses gasoline. I do not use gasoline except to maintain the engine every 6 weeks.


RE: Are the Leaf and Volt competing products?
By Reclaimer77 on 11/6/2013 4:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
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The official term for the Chevy Volt is EREV which stands for "Extended Range Electric Vehicle"


That's something Chevy just made up. So what?

They can call it a Flying Spaghetti Monster, I don't care, that doesn't change what it is.

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I buy 1.2 gallons of gas per year


That's 1.2 gallons more than an electric vehicle can use.


RE: Are the Leaf and Volt competing products?
By flyingpants1 on 11/7/2013 7:55:45 AM , Rating: 2
Jesus, you are insane.


By Reclaimer77 on 11/7/2013 1:14:14 PM , Rating: 2
Its insane to realize cars that burn gas aren't electric vehicles lol. OK!


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