• Feb 1st 2011 at 6:52PM
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So, how are the first two plug-in mainstream vehicles in the U.S. selling? Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf had their first deliveries in December, which means that January 2011 was the first full month of sales for each. The numbers are:
  • Volt: 321 (plus 326 in December, for a total of 647)
  • Leaf: 87 (plus 19 in December, 106 total)
The thing is, these numbers are very supply related and not an accurate gauge of demand for either of these vehicles. We won't really be able to declare a "winner" in this fight until both General Motors and Nissan get their plug-in vehicle production lines up to full speed, but for now, looks like GM's doing it up a little bit better than Nissan.

[Source: Green Car Reports]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      You can also define a winner in terms of who was "first to market" and while it seemed like it was a dead heat in terms of the very first sales, it seems that GM got a bit of a drop on Nissan on this front. 647 is a lot more than 106, I'll be curious to see how this plays out in the coming months.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, I think Nissan managed to rush a car into Customer hands before GM, just like they started production a month before GM.

        Of course, GM actually delivering more cars seems to be working for them. I wonder when they'll build more than 300 in a month.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know what was brilliant? Bringing these cars out at the same time, so geeks like us can see them as being in a race. We human monkeys love a good race! It's publicity you can't buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't buy any of these cars and regular cars too. Wait till someone or gm or nissan sell the appropriate recharging solar panels to fuel these cars. It's easy to see that neither gm or nissan want someone driving for free, let them eat their own cars like they do actually with their hydrogen freecells. Without a job, they will have the time to drive their own cars instead of cashing money from goverments like they do actually. No good cars no nothing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mark, Gorr is our local eccentric, and he's like a porcupine - hundreds of points going in all directions. This was one of his more reasonable posts, when he goes into a full fledged rant, it is truly a wonder to behold!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mark, meet Gorr.

        • 4 Years Ago
        It's for recharging their cars, this is called customer products and services. Why buy something from gm , nissan or other car manufacturers if it's incomplete and/or problematic ?? It's because they don't work for consumers, They work for petrol industry that own state industry. If ever someone drive for free, then mysteriously many richs incompetants become mad, sicks and start big legal projects like obama, bush, exxon, bp, canadian goverments, etc.

        Just note what happen in this site own by them. When hydrogen fuelcells was demonstrated that it don't cost nothing to fuel and hydrogen was free to make, then mysteriously chris m and many others start crying loud for real that it cost a million dollars, was impossible to store in a tank that cost 100 000$, etc. LOL.

        This is baby science and economy. The more you pay for a costly completely useless product, petrol, then the more the mob grow, start to increase the price and push for more brainwash. I tell you, it take one exemple to prove. If someone drive a car regularly at normal speed, then i bet all my money that obama will become mad, crazy and sick for real phisically because you prove to him that he is useless and stupid. Many stupid folks have too exagerated that story by saying that when petrol will dye then it will be the end of the world, LOL. For me it's the beginning and i don't mind 20 millions peoples going bankrupt because they lose their jobs in petrol business and other associated business like politics, banking, news agency, state employees, all of them taking their revenues from petrol directly or indirectly.

        If someone install a solar panel on his volt or leaf and say he drive only from that most of the time, then just watch the reaction and madness and physical deseases of these folks, LOL. This is big science, utilizing baby science and baby products like a green car to get rid of politic babys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would an auto maker get into the residential solar panel business? What is your point?
      • 4 Years Ago
      To early to declare a winner certainly, but clearly the losers here are Exxon, Chevron, BP, Sunoco, and of course OPEC.

      After many decades of cars that run exclusively on fossil fuels, people are buying cars that can operate without an oil company's products. It's a start - a tiny ripple that may one day turn into a huge tsunami.

      • 4 Years Ago
      There are some 20 or so Leafs on the roads in Portugal and no Volts (no Opel Amperas). To be fair you should count all the leafs...
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yesterday I was told that an order placed immediately would be built the last week in March and delivered at the end of April or the beginning of May. That means that all Volt's between now and the last week or March are for vehicles already on order. Thus, this is purely a number of units off the line going to existing sales. The real question we all want to know is if orders are coming in for cars after March, and if so, how many. That's the 40 thousand dollar question.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is not strictly correct - because of GM's allocation system. There are some Volt's on dealer lots that are yet to find buyers - while long queue awaits some other dealers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the info evnow. I will admit I don't know exactly the formula for allocation. I know that there are Volts being offered at way over MSRP, this is probably because of dealer allocations, like you suggested. Either whether from consumers or dealers though, the result seems to be that all the Volts are at least ordered until March. It will take months for the market to normalize and for us to see how many orders are really coming in the door, either for the Volt or the Leaf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nissan has to split its production output between Japan and the U.S, with the majority going to Japan. Plus, they also promised to supplying Europe before the summer. That's way more than they can swallow.

      Nissan preferred having *lots of demand* and *not enough supply* than the other way around. Ford won't have their BEV before 2012, so Nissan figures they have one year to ramp up production to fulfill demand.

      Actually quite reasonable, from a business angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well . . . we can stop importing oil now. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a worthless stat. GM is ahead b/c a various gov't agencies are buying the Volt. Now that's a strong economy for you: gov't props up GM; gov't buys from GM!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey JPM, please point us to information on one delivery to a government agency of the Volt in January. We'd love to see good data like that. I'm pretty sure all these are deliveries to people on the waiting list, or maybe dealers, but I could be wrong.
        If you don't have such information though, please retract your accusation.
      MTN RANGER
      • 4 Years Ago
      To be fair, I would give it 12 months to let production ramp up before calling out winners and losers. This is new technology, it takes time before you are cranking out 5,000 cars a month. The biggest supply constraint will most likely be the Li-Ion batteries.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only 647 Volts sold so far? There were 1200+ VIN#'s delivered as of yesterday. It seemed like the VIN# tracked the amount of Volts sold pretty closely earlier. Has that changed now that GM is sending Volts to the dealers for Demo cars?
      I watch the price of oil going up and I grin every time I see stories about the Volt, the Leaf and the Focus BEV. Within a year EREV's and BEV's are going to be the cars everyone wants to have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe it's because the story we heard about 1/3rd of Volts going to GE? Maybe those are being delivered and not being counted?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, aren't Leaf orders more limited geographically than Volts at the moment? Not to mention, with so few places with public charging stations, people are more willing to buy a car that doesn't rely on them... if every town had lots of charging stations, I think the numbers would be reversed, assuming they could keep up with production...
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