Nissan LEAF edges out Volt, Model S for 2014 plug-in dominance
Nissan has announced official sales figures for the month of February and they are about 200 units higher than last month and more than double those of February 2013. The Nissan LEAF is now made, batteries and all, at the company's Smyrna, Tennessee plant and this, along with continuing consumer demand, are keeping the all-electric car as the world's best-selling EV.
The Chevrolet Volt had a down month, dropping about two hundred units from last year's sales figures, while the Tesla Model S remains steady at an estimated 1,400 units for the month. The LEAF sold 1,425 units for February 2014.
Numbers from other plug-in electric makers aren't in yet, with the exception of a few in the 50-unit range, but historically, cars like the Prius Plug-in, Fusion and C-MAX Energi, Focus Electric, and Fit EV are well under the thousand unit mark.
The overall electric car market is still miniscule when compared to the total vehicle market, of course. Nissan LEAF sales themselves are impressive, however, even when compared to Nissan's total U.S. sales. The LEAF made up about one percent of the company's total sales for the month, which ranks it higher than the total market share of battery electric cars in the U.S.
This streak of sales for the LEAF means it's continuing dominance in the 2014 plug-in market, coming out on top for both months reported so far. So far, it's about 477 units higher than the Model S and about 549 units over the Volt for the year.
Source for sales figures: InsideEVs.com.