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And Nissan makes it 14 in a row. For the 14th straight month, the all-electric Leaf has had "record sales," according to Nissan's marketing team. What that means is that for that particular month (in this case, April) no matter what year you look at, the car sold more than it ever did before. For April 2014, the 2,088 Leafs sold represents a 7.8-percent increase from 2013. Nissan's director of EV sales and marketing, Toby Perry, said in a statement that the "new market" of Cincinnati made the top 25 list for Leaf sales areas in April, so the car's popularity continues to ebb and flow across the US.

Over at Chevy, the Volt sold 1,548 units in April, reaching a year-to-date total of 5,154. The Leaf is outpacing that with 7,272 YTD sales. In 2013, the Volt outsold the Leaf by about 500 vehicles, but Leaf sales are up 33 percent year-over-year while Volt is down 7.1 percent. The Leaf has also outsold the Volt for six straight months.

But we're excited for every eco-car sale, and that's why we'll have our monthly detailed write-up of the rest of the plug-ins, hybrids and diesel vehicles available soon. Until then, discuss.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Probably that volt dealers and gm are not pushing for real volt sales as they lose money on all car produced and sold. It cost more to build than the leaf and the garanty cost should be higher as it is 2x more complicated, this is not a commercial success and it is not a political success as it sale low and on the environment it is a costly solution to save some air there and there as suv, v6 and v8 cars, boats, airplanes, big Harley-davidson, radio news helicopters, ships, tractor-trailers, air-conditioning, tourism, race events, drag racing, radio-controlled airplanes, tar sands, fracking, ethanol production, third contries economic and pollution boom are spreading all around in an exponential rate with incurable pollution. I said many time to buy a small efficient cheap used car and drive few and slowly here and also in Europe, middle east, Russia, china, south-America.
        brotherkenny4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        GM said a long time ago that they have $24K in parts and labor for each Volt, and they sell for about $35K. So how can they be losing money? The answer is that they are not. In fact they are probably making even more now as the parts and labor come down in price. The real question is when will they do the next price reduction? It's clear they (GM) are not that interested in selling them otherwise they would put some pressure on their wingnut dealers to actually try and sell them, but to say they are losing money proves a level of ignorance.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        The dealers are not losing a dime on the car, that's not possible. 1) The car sells for $40,000+, get on the web site and try to option it up. You can easily hit 45. 2) It's a premium car, and it sell better then the Corvette. 3) It's GM Technology Leader, so it gives the Brand a higher market presence. In other words, it has marketing value.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          CW, the MSRP is $34,185 not $40,000. You can option it up to $40k but the base Volt is selling well below $34k if you bargain and that nets it around $25,000 which is in an entirely different realm than $40k.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Volt could really use a WAGON version, to help with cargo capacity. Like the Prius V, this would give small businesses a reason to buy.
      Conspiracy theory
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to both Nissan and GM. Excited for version 2.0 for both vehicles.
      Warren
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Nissan can get a 48 kWh Leaf out by next spring, even if they have to sell at a loss to bring it in at $35K, everyone else will be toast.
        Dave R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        Don't even need 48 kWh, anything over 30 kWh would do wonders.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        That is only double the battery pack that is in there now.
          BraveLil'Toaster
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          @Michael Walsh: I'm Canadian, so when you say "degraded" what we hear is "in winter." But come springtime, that battery degradation goes away. The cold doesn't affect it permanently, and it never gets hot enough to affect it like that. Our battery is still at 99% after a year.
          Michael Walsh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Would work for me - 150 miles range when new. 100 when degraded. Plenty for my needs.
          JakeY
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Double the current pack is what they promised and it's plenty enough to take the market by storm. Tesla's Gen 3 will take the rest that want 200+ miles.
        JakeY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        If Nissan's price survey (where they max out at $5k more for double the capacity) is any indication, they will still make money at $35k. It makes sense when you consider that the 24kWh pack cost Nissan $9000 in 2010, or about $375/kWh. If you tack on $5000 more for 48kWh total, it'll be $14k or $292/kWh, which is a plausible drop for 5-6 years of improvements (~4% drop per year).
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        Well they need more body styles. Many people don't like the look of the Leaf. And even just the name probably turns some people off. How many cigar-smoking meat-eating conservatives would be caught dead driving a "Leaf"?
          jaygee33
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Spec
          Depends, are there any Leaf hearses yet? ;-) Seriously, I have a Volt but really have nothing against the Leaf. Both are very good cars for what they are intended for. The smart buyer will buy the right car for what they want and need.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        Including Nissan. Companies are in business to make money, not lose it.
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          It's about taking the market and making it your own. The Prius was originally sold at a loss. Today it is the only hybrid that is a runaway success. Sure, there may be dozens of hybrids, but when people think "hybrid", they think Prius and buy Prius (or hate on Prius).
        Jon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Warren
        Especially if it actually looks the part of a $35k car. Please Nissan, give us a BEV that looks like a normal stylish car.
          trmacdonal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jon
          This is exactly why I bought a Ford Focus Electric instead of a LEAF. It looks like a normal car. I don't want everyone asking me about my electric car. I don't want it to look weird just because it's electric. If Ford would try I know they could sell more focuses than Nissan sells LEAFs, but they just don't try. If you can't afford a Tesla, and don't want to drive a space ship, the focus is a great alternative.
          BraveLil'Toaster
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jon
          Like the Juke or the Cube? :) This is Nissan we're talking about, after all.
          Anderlan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jon
          I would not mind a Nismo LEAF.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Price and electric range sells. I knew the Leaf would be on top.
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is amazing since a car like the original Honda Insight - at 49/61 MPG EPA - only sold 17,000 cars over six years of production.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        I wonder if Honda really wants to sell ANY hybrids. Since the 2010+ Insight is only made in Japan, it's high quality, but expensive to ship over. None of their hybrids sells in any kind of volume, walk into a dealership and get steered to a non-hybrid Civic.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CoolWaters
          Even the Fit EV, great car, only sold as a compliance car.
      btc909
      • 1 Year Ago
      Getting in and out of a Volt is like a tuna can. Especially if you are anywhere near 6Ft. tall. The Leaf, no problem. OK yes the Leaf looks like a metallic frog. The Volt isn't that much better. You can squeeze 5 in the 2nd row of a leaf. Cargo areas are comparable.
        Ziv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @btc909
        I am 6'4" and getting into the Volt is not something that even occurred to me to be an issue. The backseat legroom is lacking but the front seats are pretty good. It looks like the 2016MY Volt is longer so hopefully the back seats are better.
          BF4ALTF
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ziv
          I also am 6'4", and I noticed that is was more difficult than other small cars I've owned. But, even more concerning for me is that even a small person could not get in the back seat behind me when I had the seat adjusted as I would in other cars. Not sure why the car need back doors. I find that Volt owners are like Apple owners, they can't handle hearing anything that is not complimentary to their favorite product. Makes me not want to be in that group.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ziv
          BF, you should hit GM-Volt dot com. We bash the back seat legroom in the Volt all the time, and most of us drive Volts. We also trash the slow charge rate and pine for more AER all the time. Some of us wax lyrical about the beauty of seating for five, but I tune them out. The back seat legroom is reduced due to the fact that there are two motors and an engine in the front, so the firewall got moved back and the front seat did as well. The Volt is a compromise, but it has drive all day range due to the gas genset. I will take the small backseats to get the full utility range instead of anything that has less than 200 miles of AER. And I tour every Tuesday with 4 people in my car. I just move my seat up 4" and put the most petite woman behind me. Oh, and we bit** about the visibility being less than optimal, too. But anyone that thinks the Volt is anything but perfect is completely out of line! LOL!
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @btc909
        I'm 6 feet tall. The front seat is no problem. The back seat is a bit tight though. Just lengthen the car for more interior space without hurting aerodynamics.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the lower price and the fact that it is probably bought as a second car in a two (or more) car family makes the Leaf a big winner. However, I would not be surprised if PHEVs start to dominate in order to get more of the general public to move to plug-ins since it prevents the "range anxiety" of the bedwetters.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I think PHEV's are the best idea for the next 5 years, and yet the EV's are outselling them.
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also I heard that the Leaf has 2,500 in dealer incentives this month to clear inventory for the 2015 model.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        So, a good time to start shopping is near the end of the month, when they need to make quota. Because, with some dealers, that's the ONLY time they'll sell the car.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volts are clearly selling well around here lately. I usually see 2-3 without plates (meaning they have been on the road less than 2 months) each day. But the Leaf is absolutely on fire. They're everywhere now, including tons which also don't have plates yet. Model S sales seem to have tapered off quite a bit. I doubt Tesla minds much with the Model X upcoming and sales of the Model S increasing all over the US and the world.
      elctrNmbliT
      • 1 Year Ago
      It does help the Leaf that it gets many of the state tax incentives and the Volt doesn't. And starting at $28,980 it already starts $5,205 less than the Volt which starts at $34,185. Take another $5,000 off in say Georgia and you have over a $10,000 price difference. In Georgia you can get a Leaf for $16,480. In California you can get a base model for $18,980. The best you can do on a Volt is $26,685 in any state after the federal incentive. Also when it comes to leases the Leaf has the advantage of the lessee getting the state incentives while the Volt lessees' get nothing.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @elctrNmbliT
        In California, if you lease it for 3 years, you get the state incentives. This is true for the Leaf or the Volt.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          No, the California incentive is not based on battery size.
          Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Because the battery is smaller...
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          But the state incentive for the Volt is smaller than the one for the leaf.
      Manitou820
      • 1 Year Ago
      We have a Leaf and a Volt and love both. The styling and ride of the Volt is definitely superior, but the simplicity of the Leaf puts it ahead in my opinion. For techie people who understand how the Volt works it's great, but explaining why the engine comes on below 25F, why it runs periodically when it's not used, etc is just confusing for the everyday person who just wants something to drive. For almost all of our daily driving we prefer the Leaf. If we were going to have a regular ICE vehicle and a PHEV or EV as a second car, I would choose the Leaf.
        RoyEMunson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Manitou820
        Have my Volt set to turn on the ICE at 15 degrees... I dont mind a chilly commute for the sake of saving gas.
          Manitou820
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          I have a 2012 so I'm stuck with 25F. I understand how it works so it's not a big deal for me. However, my sister and her husband were interested in a Volt, but explaining all of the quirky details turned them away.
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RoyEMunson
          Maybe next year. It's almost as if most people are slow learners.
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