The Nissan Leaf bests the Chevy Volt in June 2011 sales
In June 2011, the Nissan Leaf saw 1,708 units leave dealerships around the United States while the 2011 Chevrolet Volt sent out just 561 examples during the same period of time. This is the third consecutive month where Nissan has beaten Chevrolet in the battle of the big name electric vehicles and with the expansive gap in sales this month, Nissan now leads the overall race in 2011 sales by a margin of 3,875 to 2,745. This is probably pretty disappointing to GM after they stormed out to a pretty decent lead in total sales and had a chance to widen the gap thanks to the Japanese disasters but Nissan has pulled through it all and managed to pass GM in units sold.
While Nissan has pulled ahead in the overall battle with GM, the Japanese automaker is still a long way from reaching their goal of 20,000 vehicles delivered in 2011. After June, the Leaf is still 16,125 units away from achieving their original delivery goal and with only half a year left, Nissan needs to be closer to 3,000 units a month to reach the 20,000 Leaf plateau.
On the other hand, General Motors has planned renovations and investments to increase the output of the Volt and other Volt based models like the European Opel Ampera but that only does so much good for the company if the vehicles aren’t selling better. Considering the fact that the Volt offers far more versatility than the Leaf, it looks as though consumers are leaning towards limits with a lower price than paying more money for more freedom. It will be interesting to see in the coming months how General Motors responds to the difference in sales figures between the two if the current trend continues.