The Nissan Leaf beats the Chevy Volt in April sales
Prior to April, Nissan had delivered just 471 of the 20,000 2011 Leaf electric vehicles the company expects to deliver this year but with 573 units delivered last month, the Nissan Leaf beats the Volt with its best month since being introduced last December. For comparison, the 2011 Chevy Volt saw 493 sedans reach consumers - a slip from the 608 cars delivered in March 2011 – as the Volt trailed the Leaf in monthly sales for the first time this year.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt still has the overall lead in sales over the 2011 Nissan Leaf by a “score” of 2,029 to 1,044 but if this past month is any indication of Nissan’s plans to deliver the Leaf, the Japanese automaker could close that gap over the next few months. Nissan originally claimed that the only thing slowing down their delivery process of their electric Leaf was their desire to make sure that the entire process went very smoothly and because of this process, we wouldn’t be seeing big delivery numbers until at least April. Many expected that the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan and crushed the nation’s auto industry would also hit the Leaf but with its best month yet, perhaps we are seeing the ramp-up of deliveries to US customers?