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Peruse Chevrolet's February sales release, and you'll notice one number that's blatantly missing: how many Chevy Volts were sold. The number – a very modest 281 – is available in the company's detailed data (PDF), but it apparently isn't something that GM wants to highlight. Keeping the number quiet is understandable, since it's lower than the 321 that Chevy sold in January.

Nissan doesn't have anything to brag about here, either (and it avoided any mention of the Leaf sales in its press release). Why? Well, back in January, the company sold 87 Leafs. In February? Just 67. Where does that leave us? Well, here's the big scorecard for all U.S. sales of these vehicles thus far:
  • Volt: 928
  • Leaf: 173
Ouch. The big questions, of course, revolve around one word: "Why?" Is ramping up production still a problem? Is demand weak? Are unscrupulous dealers to blame? When will sales start to climb? And what are these numbers doing to plug-in vehicle projects at other automakers? We don't know all the answers, but for more on February auto sales, click here.

*UPDATE: GM has sent us some clarifying information about Volt sale, which you can read here.

[Sources: General Motors, Nissan]


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      • 4 Months Ago
      Your elders told you so. Drill baby drill, drill SOON!
      eteeuwe
      • 4 Months Ago
      It has a lot to do with the fact that the pablum espoused by the Obama Administration relating to Electric Cars and the "Pixie Dust Mines" and "Unicorn Ranches" of Solar and Wind Generation don't cut it in the real World. Any significant level of sales of electric cars and your Utility rates will increase accordingly. The laws of thermodynamics dictate that losses occur each time you convert energy from one form to another. Considering the "Rolling Blackouts" experienced this winter it will not take much added demand to drive the prices of electricity up to the level of Gasoline on a mile to mile basis. There is no such thing as a "Magic Wall Outlet".
        • 4 Months Ago
        @eteeuwe
        eteeuwe,

        I am in the energy field and deal with operating the electric grid daily......it would take 10 million plus electric cars charging at the same time, to cause any real problem for the grid.........reality check......I have an electric car....if I have it plugged into a 110v outlet, what damage to the grid does it do compared to your plasma tv running? your a/c running, your washer or dryer running.......now if I have it plugged into a 220-240v outlet ...that would equate to your dryer...............so what would an electric company do to mitigate the problem???????? how about charging a higher rate for electicity to charge your car during peak times......and an extremely low rate to charge during off peak times...........if you think about it, the sky isn't falling......there are reasonable solutions to handle the challenges that electric cars bring.........but remember the energy is from the USA not the middle east.....that alone should get a lot of people on board with electric cars.............. I own a THINK City...fyi
      • 4 Months Ago
      the public aint gonna buy these out of the goodness of thier hearts when the financial benefit out weighs additional cost to purchase theyll sell like hot cakes ,no volts in my future anytime soon
      • 4 Months Ago
      We have owned 2 Hybrids for the last 5 years, we have a Prius & we have a 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid.
      We considered the purchase, our contribution to the war effort & also to keeping the environment as clean as possible.
      I read somewhere, that the Volt takes as much electricity to charge - as 4 homes would use.
      Some energy companies already cannot keep up with the demand for electricity in summer - so I think that charging electric vehicles will put a strain on the already antiquated infrastructure.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Weren't most of those sales made to the federal government as fleet vehicles?
      Very few civilian purchases are in that number.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Hmmmm. I just can't understand why anyone would not be eager to buy a small car that costs $48,000.00 and in cold weather can go a whole 25 miles before needing a five hour recharge. This is what you get with government mandates. Only a fool would buy one of these and then only if they could spend someone elses money to purchase it.
      • 4 Months Ago
      QUOTE: "1. The real net price of the Volt is not $41K but $33,500, which is what buyers will have to pay after federal tax breaks. Many states chip in more bringing the price even lower." I love when people use this to try and make a car look cheaper. A few realities are usually left out. 1. You have to pay sales tax on the original amount of the vehicle, regardless of the tax credit. 2. You have to finace the full amount. The tax credit does not reduce your finance cost of the 7500 3. You don't get your credit till the following year. Where as GM is making muney off your purchase, You are in reality, losing money until you get the tax credit back. Comparing 2 vehicles, say the volt vs the cruze eco, in actual cost, even at 7$ a gallon your looking a owning the car over a decade before the cost break even. The pollution issue is not at "green" as everyone claims.
      • 4 Months Ago
      As long as guys want to get laid, these won't fly.
        • 4 Months Ago
        The Leaf is certainly a quirky, even geeky, looking vehicle, although some might see it as "cute".

        By contrast the Volt seems to be to be reasonably sleek and sporty looking, for a four door mid-size family sedan.

      • 4 Months Ago
      American don't want peice of garbage electric cars we want big trucks and fast cars, that's what sells
      • 4 Months Ago
      Price, performance, stupidity, who wants it???!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Months Ago
      Many years ago a prof gave me the following:
      "Whenever you desire a new product or service, begin with the customer because that is where you will need to end up. Unfortunately many organizations begin with a concept and end up with a catastrophe."
      You can decide which is correct for the Volt or Leaf. Take in to account that since the Government paid for the plant refurbishing, tooling the vehicles, and rebates on selling the product, any decisions maybe unrelated to standard business decisions.
      • 4 Months Ago
      I could have been one of the February sales. I took one for a test drive that my local dealer had ordered (mostly) to my spec. I REALLY enjoyed the experience of silent propulsion. But I decided not to buy a Volt because:

      1. The Volt is really small, and would be replacing a Chevy Equinox. The day before the dealer offered the Volt to me, we had to pick up some furniture, and there is no way I could do this with a Volt. And my wife's Ford Fusion isn't much better.

      2. During the spring/summer/fall, I have a small motorcycle that I can commute my daily 24-mile round-trip. The economics of this vs. a Volt, even if gas is $10/gallon greatly favor not buying the Volt.

      That all being said, I am really kicking myself for not buying the Volt. If I had to do it over again, I would definitely have leased it. And I may still do so when another one comes into the dealer. When I need to utility of a van/SUV, I can just rent, and that only happens once a month or so.
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