• Feb 3, 2011
So, how are the first two mainstream plug-in vehicles in the U.S. selling? Both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf had their first deliveries in December, which means January of 2011 was the first full month of sales for each. Without further ado, the numbers are:
  • Volt: 321 (plus 326 in December, for a total of 647)
  • Leaf: 87 (plus 19 in December, 106 total)
Thing is, these numbers are very supply related and shouldn't be seen as 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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      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy Volt: 7 listed for sale on cars.com
      Nissan Leaf: 0

      Just sayin...
        • 3 Years Ago
        What are you sayin'? That some Volt dealerships list their cars for sale on Cars.com, and one or two may even be the demo cars?

        Be real.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Leaf reached 20k reservations in three months of the reservation system going online. Nissan then stopped taking any more reservations. Based on that info (which is published in numerous places), I'd say it's purely a supply issue for the relatively low numbers on the road currently as it is implied that they already have a solid 20k on order plus those people that were unable to make reservations because they were too late.
      • 3 Years Ago
      And who's to say that government employees aren't buying Volts to prop up sales of their investments. Since there is no breakout of fleet sales we will never now.

        • 3 Years Ago
        You should take off the tinfoil hat before you post.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is winning the sales contest for very obvious reasons. One, its not fully electric, which means you can cruise it anywhere, at any time (given you have enough gas). And 2, it actually is a nice design, unlike the Leaf's bizarre design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am inlined to agree with GML. The Prius is still slightly ahead, but the diesels are knocking at the door (except in this backward, oil company controlled country). That being said, the EV has been around forever, but the Volt is a revolutionary design. You could squeeze more economy out of it with a diesel range extender (and someone will), but it's still a compelling design, and it's home grown.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats not a lead, its a slaughter. The spread is only going to continue widening..into the thousands.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Electricity comes from....the wall right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not exactly direct competitors.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pointless. Call me when these things are actually, you know, sold to average people.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I get the impression that either the Leaf was rushed in order to be "first to market" or there's a production problem...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have a strong feeling your right. Matter of fact I know that GM wanted to be the first to market, and other manufacturers were thinking the same thing, so Nissan rushed it to market just to one up GM. Really the car wasnt ready and they started taking orders to say "Look we beat GM" Both are hidious designs, so design wise it doesnt matter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I get the feeling BOTH were rushed out considering the severe supply problem they're both having.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...or, maybe they don't want to release it into the teeth of this BRUTAL winter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. If the Leaf wasn't an ugly Versa with a fish grill, maybe it would sell better.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Dr. Greenthumb

        And what's the big deal about this winter??

        If you are trying to imply that somehow EVs can't be driven in the cold, I'll just leave this link here and leave it at that:

        http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/02/nj-ev-owner-with-50-000-miles-logged-dispels-myth-of-cold-weathe/
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys are trying to compare apples to oranges here. These cars are not really comparable and will find separate market niches. At least for now, the Leaf is a fine little car with a short range limiting it's demand to those who seldom leave the city limits, but uses no fuel other than what is required to generate the electricity it uses. The Volt is a complete automobile, you can tour anywhere, but does use fuel when touring. Also in order to sell well, you need to have vehicles on the showroom floor and neither does. I have not seen a single example of either, either in a showroom or on the road. I admit, we are impatient. I am sure we would all like to see a lot of these on the road, but demand may well exceed supply for some time. They may be touting "orders" rather than "sales", but I wouldn't order a car sight unseen, would you?
      • 3 Years Ago
      that leaf is so ugly, and impractical.
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