The Chevy Volt continues to dominate the Nissan Leaf in May 2012
The Chevrolet Volt started off 2012 with an incredibly slow January, moving just 603 units and trailing the Nissan Leaf for the first month of the year but since then, the Volt has sounded beaten the Leaf in sales each and every month. Even though Nissan had what amounts to one of the better months of 2012 for their EV in May, the steadily strong sales of the Volt allowed the electric Chevy to once again pummel the Leaf.
The Chevrolet Volt moved 1,680 units last month which accounts for a whopping increase of 249.3% compared to May 2011. Chevrolet has been working to push units to dealerships around the country and outside of the original rollout schedule which had the Volt only available in select markets. Even while the steady fuel prices have reportedly slowed the sale of smaller, more efficient vehicles, the Chevy Volt has continued to dominate the electric car segment. On the year, Chevrolet has sold 7,057 Volts, an improvement of 223% over the 2,184 units that they sold through the first five months of 2011.
The Nissan Leaf delivered only 510 vehicles last month as the Japanese automaker continues to attempt to fill the 20,000 preorders placed for the Leaf way back in 2010. With 510 Leafs sold in May 2012, Nissan saw a decline of 55% compared to the 1,142 vehicles sold in May 2011 – likely made especially hard to stomach by the fact that GM is selling Volt sedans as fast as they can build them. Nissan has sold just 2,613 Leaf electric vehicles and while that proposes a 20.6% increase over the first five months of 2011 – it pales in comparison to the increase of 223% posted by the Chevy Volt.