The Chevrolet Volt

Chevy Volt posts 2nd best month of 2012 in July, continues to pound Nissan's Leaf

The Chevrolet Volt continued its vast dominance of the electric vehicle segment in the US in July 2012 with their second best month of the year in terms of sales volume – with 1,849 units sold equaling nearly five times the number of Nissan Leaf electric vehicles sold in July.

During the month of July 2012, General Motors sold 1,849 copies of the Chevrolet Volt – marking the second best sales month for the electric Chevy for 2012 behind the 2,289 Volts sold in March. For comparison to last year, GM sold just 125 Volts in July 2011 so the rate of increase is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1500%. On the year, GM has sold 10,666 examples of the Chevy Volt which accounts for an increase of 272% compared to the first seven months of 2011. More importantly for GM, the Volt has amassed what is likely an insurmountable lead over the Nissan Leaf in annual sales.

While the Chevrolet Volt had one of its best months of 2012, the Nissan Leaf had one of its worst. Nissan managed to deliver only 395 Leaf electric vehicles in July 2012, marking the second worst month of the year since the 370 units delivered in April. This is a decrease of almost 60% from the Leaf sales in July 2011 and even worse – July 2012 sales were about 466% lower than those seen by the Chevy Volt. On the year, Nissan has delivered just 3,543 copies of the Leaf electric vehicle – a decrease of over 26% compared to Leaf deliveries during the same time period last year.


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