• Jun 5, 2010
If Google Trends is an accurate indicator of eventual success, the Nissan Leaf will be a smash hit. At the very least, it looks to be more popular than the Chevy Volt. The latest trends show that interest in the Leaf, as calculated by search volume and news articles, is nearly double that of the Volt. We don't have to use Google as the only indicator that interest in the Leaf is high, just take a look at the Leaf's Facebook page, which lists more than 54,000 fans (something Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is particularly proud of), while the Volt has only managed to rack up 24,000. If you still doubt that the Leaf is leading the online popularity contest, then look no further than the official interest lists for each vehicle. As GM-Volt.com reports, the Leaf's is 130,000 strong, whereas the Volt only has 42,000.

Now, there's no real way to translate these numbers into eventual, actual sales, nor can we predict success based on statistics alone. For that, we'll have to wait until these the new EVs go on sale later this year and the real-world results allow us to crown a champion. Still, current indicators suggest that the Leaf is hot, hot, hot.

[Source: Google trends, GM-Volt, Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We have been hearing about the volt for years now, if you wanted to know something about it you would of already looked it up. The Leaf is new and people still dont know a ton about it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *WE* have, but the general populace of uneducated non-car enthusiasts have not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nope, everyone, I saw a poster with some volt and other GM green crap on it last year when i was hitting the slopes, don't recall if it was canada or down here but they've been hitting it enough for people to know, it got mad press everywhere when gm announced 230mpg, so yes, the public is aware.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well and, unlike the volt, it'll be out this year, so people are obviously going to do a bit of research on something that's actually going to come out for public consumption soon
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could care less what trends say. The Leaf is so ugly IT is in the boogey mans closet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Prius is ugly too and it's selling pretty well
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Prius is ugly too and it's selling pretty well"

        This is not the case outside of the United States, for example in Japan, its been a pretty cold sale until really recently. They are still losing money on every Prius they sell, so I don't think this statement is accurate. And reason why prius is selling is other motor companies haven't had a market answer yet. I believe this will change as the Volt and other super-efficient vehicles enter the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Leaf looks like an anteater with JLo's booty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Redline: The Prius is ugly too and it's selling pretty well

        Current Prius looks brilliant, very modern and XXI century, especially with bigger wheel and in light color.
        http://green.autoblog.com/2009/05/05/george-will-recycles-prius-loses-money-untruth/



        Vizel: They are still losing money on every Prius they sell

        Wrong. Only first, introductory iterations were not profitable.

        http://green.autoblog.com/2009/04/28/honda-toyota-make-3-100-profit-on-each-hybrid-sold/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait until autumn the Leaf will fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More short term Facbook polls please. That's oh so helpful.

      /sarcasm

      In the last few months, the Leaf has received a lot more press than the Volt. Of course, it's going to get more activity in fluffy social media. This is a crap survey. Did you guys do this or did Nissan?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Volt is not all electric. It still has a gas engine for backup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hate this "green" bull, and the fact that Government Motors is so into it with the Volt just proves how much they're being "influenced" (i.e., shaken down) by a former urban agitator who currently occupies the White House.

      Global Warming is a myth, the "fact" that we will someday run out of oil is a myth, too, both propagated by people who hate industrial civilization.

      Screw electric cars. We tried them 100 years ago and the market decided they didn't work. The market spoke, and it chose GASOLINE and DIESEL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Volt nameplate has been revealed since 2007 while the Leaf nameplate has only been introduced recently. Why would we research something that is already well-known? Of course there are going to be more people in 2010 checking out what this new buzz is...

      this comparison is ridiculous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care if the Leaf is getting more hits on Facebook at the moment than the Volt, or not. For one thing, the functioning of the all-electric Leaf is easier for the semi-indifferent to comprehend than that of the series-hybrid Volt. "Oh. The Volt's not REALLY an electric car." It takes a wee bit of explaining to convince someone that the Volt's basically an electric car WITH NO RANGE LIMIT! Journalists who have supposedly done due-diligence research on their story topic often don't get it. So the Volt probably comes off as just another hybrid to many while the Leaf comes off as the first real electric car. The Leaf is, of course, but with all of the severe limitations of the electric car. Volt, meanwhile, has nearly all of the advantages of the electric car, ie, it will nearly always run electric, while, with its range extending ICE generator, it has answered the electric car's very severe range limitation problem. GM has to do a better job of explaining this using a lot of repetition, IMO, if, in the short term it wants to get its popular mojo higher. Medium term, it won't take too long for its advantages to become more obvious.

      That said, I think that the Volt and the Leaf are both great offerings by major auto manufacturers, true game-changers. The Leaf is the first 100% electric to be put out in volume by a major manufacturer while the Volt is a powerful attempt to answer the all-electric car's limitations, again by a major manufacturer. They combine with the already somewhat mature Toyota Prius to make very very strong alternatives to the traditional ICE-only powered car. I love them all.

      The only part of the traditional auto paradigm puzzle change that's failing sadly for me is the Aptera. That thing is cool! Totally different (looking, at least) and advances the idea of reducing weight / passenger while minimizing wind resistance. Sadly, from all I hear, it's in bad trouble right now. I wish it weren't so.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure that will change as the Volt comes closer to production/release. It's pretty much a given GM's gonna market the hell out of this thing, as will the media. Who doesn't love the idea of an American built electric car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul, insecure much?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It's pretty much a given GM's gonna market the hell out of this thing"

        That's part of the problem. Nissan is already marketing the Leaf on line. Where are the Volt ads?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I bet this is because Volt was heavily advertised before, a bit too much, I'd say (Volt song, for instance), so now they backed off a bit.

        Which car generates more buzz is pretty irrelevant, the key benefit is that customers start digging next generation efficient vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just for a comparo

        The Ford Fiesta search volume burries the Nissan Leaf's in even more epic proportions! And it's not electric!

        Ironically, the Volt and Ford Pinto have almost the same search volume!

        Check it out after this jump ;)

        http://www.google.com/trends?q=nissan+leaf,+ford+fiesta,+chevy+volt,+ford+pinto&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

        • 4 Years Ago
        On looks alone, the Volt is what I'd choose. The Leaf is ugly by comparison.

        Either car will be a media darling, though. It's in line with what the current administration wants the media puppets to push: global warming greenie cap & trade nonsense agenda. The Volt has the added luxury of the government's interest in GM's prosperity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know, who doesn't like the idea of an American Government electric car built by over paid union workers.

        It's patriotic to live free, but it isn't patriotic at all to pay more taxes
        • 4 Years Ago
        So when GM advertises early, GM is criticized (Camaro). When GM isn't avertising early, GM is criticized (Volt).
      • 4 Years Ago
      if battery is die, car suddenly stop at the road?
      How can fill fuel?
      any electronic fuel station at your hometown?

      The only 'beta tester' will enjoy this car by waste their money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        > if battery is die, car suddenly stop at the road? How can fill fuel?
        How is that different from cars with gas-powered engines?

        > any electronic fuel station at your hometown?
        Obviously customers will ask this question _before_ the purchase.

        P.S.: I don't like Leaf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "How is that different from cars with gas-powered engines?"

        Energizer bunny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think, it's more to do with timing.

      While volt gas been announced 2-3 yes ago slated to arrive in 2011 with all the specs almost revealed, the leaf on the other hand surfaced at the very last.

      It's like Nissan was working on it and announced it almost when it was ready. And that sparked more curiosity which turned into more searches.

      Won't be surprised if leaf followers cross shop and search or research volt when it's time to open the wallet.

      Just a thought.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Leaf looks silly and has limited usability. These Google stats are a direct reflection of consumers seeing Leaf advertising and then checking it out online. A google search does not equal a sale. I am sure the Volt will prevail.
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