Chevy Volt continues to thrash Nissan Leaf in April 2012
In April 2012, General Motors sold 1,462 examples of the Chevrolet Volt – an increase of 197% compared to April of 2011. This figure presents a fair drop from the 2,289 Volts sold in March but April is the second best month of the 2012 year for the electric Chevy with extended range capabilities. There were 603 Volts sold in January and 1,023 sold in February; all coming together to sell a total of 5,377 through the first 4 months of 2012. That presents an improvement of 216% compared to the first third of 2011 when GM sold just 1,703 Volts. The impressive figure of almost 5,400 units also gives GM the bragging rights of outselling the Leaf by a margin of better than 2.5 to 1 this year.
Things weren’t so kind for the Nissan Leaf sales figures for April 2012 as with just 370 units sold – the Leaf posted its worst month of 2012. Nissan is still working to fulfill deliveries from the original batch of 20,000 orders for the Leaf taken in 2010 and even though things have been up and down in terms of deliveries in the US; figures have been fairly bad for the 2012 year. There were 676 Leaf electric vehicles sold in January followed by just 478 in February and 579 in March. These figures all fall well shy of the Leaf’s best month of June 2011, where the Japanese automaker delivered 1,709 examples of its all-electric vehicle. Overall, sales figures for the Nissan Leaf in 2012 have been pretty poor but with the Leaf having made its big run during the summer months in 2011 – perhaps the Leaf will see figures improve as the weather warms up in the US.
In case the monthly figures for the year weren’t a clear enough indication as to who the big dog is in the electric car segment this year – the Volt sold more vehicles in March 2012 than Nissan sold Leaf vehicles in the first four months of the year. On the year, the Nissan Leaf has moved a total of 2,103 units for an improvement of 105% compared to the first four months of 2011. That seems like good news but when you look at the downward trend in Leaf sales compared to the boom in Chevy Volt sales; the Leaf has clearly lost the momentum that it had in the middle of 2011. Chevrolet ended the 2011 year with a lead in month sales over the Nissan and aside from the slow month in January – 2012 has been a year dominated by the Chevy Volt.
The 2013 model year Chevrolet Volt is scheduled to get a new battery saver mode previously only available in European models – a feature which could help the American Volt sedans get even better fuel (and battery) economy. Needless to say, a more efficient Chevy Volt could put an even bigger hurtin’ to the Leaf in terms of sales unless Nissan can answer back soon.