The Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Volt continues to crush the Nissan Leaf in June 2012

For the fifth month in a row, the Chevrolet Volt continued its dominance of the electric car segment as it outsold the Nissan Leaf by more than a 3-to-1 ratio.

While there are other electric cars available in the US market like the Fisker Karma, the Mitsubishi I and the Tesla Roadster/ Model S – none of those models see the volume in sales experienced by the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf. The Nissan electric vehicle was able to claim the bragging rights of being the bestselling EV in the US for 2011 and that claim continued into the first month of 2012 but since then, the Chevrolet Volt has outsold the Leaf badly each and every month – allowing the electric Chevy to build an annual sales lead of 5,669 units through the first half of the year.

In June 2012, General Motors saw the second best month of the year for the Chevrolet Volt as the innovative Chevy sedan moved 1,760 units, second only to the March total of 2,289 Volts sold. 1,760 units accounts for a 214% improvement over the same month last year. The Nissan Leaf had its third best month of 2012 in June but with only 535 electric Nissans delivered last month, the Leaf continued to quickly lose ground to the Volt. Junes sales figures for the Leaf equals a 69% decline from the sales figures from June 2011 but even if Nissan had posted similar figures to last June – they would have fallen short of the Volt. On the year, GM has sold 8,817 Chevrolet Volts (an improvement of 221% compared to the first half of 2011) while Nissan has delivered only 3,148 Leaf EVs (down 19% from 2011).


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