The end of summer seems to inspire people to go out and buy a lot of plug-in vehicles. Last year, for example, the Chevy Volt had its best month ever in August, with 3,351 sales. This year, the Nissan Leaf is going up to the winner's podium, setting its own best-ever record with 3,186 units sold.

This beats the Leaf's previous record by 69 vehicles.

This beats the Leaf's previous record of 3,117 set in May 2014 by 69 vehicles and is up 31.7 percent from August 2013. Nissan is once again quick to remind us that the popular EV's record sales streak has now been extended to 18 months in a row. This record is simply noting that the current month, in this case August, had the highest sales that that month has ever seen in the US. Over all, US Leaf sales are up 34.1 percent so far this year. In a prepared statement, Nissan's director of Leaf sales and infrastructure, Brendan Jones, said that the Leaf is selling well on both coasts, including cities like Raleigh, Boston and Washington, DC. "It's what we call the 'cul-de-sac phenomenon,' where once someone in a community buys a Leaf, then friends, family, co-workers and neighbors see the benefits of this fun-to-drive electric vehicle firsthand and are sold on the idea of going electric," he said.

The Volt also had a good month - its best of 2014 by almost 500 sales – but the 2,511 Volt sales still represent a drop of 25.1 percent from the excellent sales the Volt had this time last year. In fact, August 2014 represents the Volt's best sales month since, well, August 2013. Apparently, there's just something about the end of summer.

As always, we are working on our in-depth round-up of green car sales across the country and will have that up soon.


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      Oolly
      • 10 Months Ago
      I drove Smart ED this last weekend. It is surprising that they have a larger battery than a Volt, yet there is no change in dimensions inside or out. I guess not have to carry around an engine, gas tank, and all the other things to make it work has its pluses. In a year or two battery capacity could be doubling from new releases I've seen recently. EVs will get better and cheaper. I can't wait!
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Oolly
        10,731 miles on my ED, still extremely addicting to drive and no problems, its also a little quicker than the volt... and i have a volt as well
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am sure they are counting my volt in there :D. Excited to have Voltec, its an amazing car and drives like no other.
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        the tesla drives even better!
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        the tesla drives even better!
        GreenDriver
        • 10 Months Ago
        I hope you enjoy your's as much as I have mine. I drove it over 4k miles on the first tank and have driven it another 25k trouble free miles since then. Love it!
        GreenDriver
        • 10 Months Ago
        I hope you enjoy your's as much as I have mine. I drove it over 4k miles on the first tank and have driven it another 25k trouble free miles since then. Love it!
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        the tesla drives even better!
        Koenigsegg
        • 10 Months Ago
        the tesla drives even better!
          UnhappyCracker
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Having both, the Volt drives better. More like a regular car. True, the Tesla is overall a nicer car, but it should be for twice the money.
          scraejtp
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Who would have guessed a car that costs three times more would drive nicer? Thanks for the insight.
          UnhappyCracker
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Having both, the Volt drives better. More like a regular car. True, the Tesla is overall a nicer car, but it should be for twice the money.
      Spec
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice. At least some of the new car buyers are able to prepare for the future wisely.
        fairfireman21
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Spec
        I could prepare better if they: lower the cost by $10,000 min. If they made a truck with 150 mile range on a single charge, if they made cars with 350 mile range on single charge and under $30 K, and or if they installed 15 min chargers every 70 miles on interstates, highways, and sideroads, 15 min chargers that would give 100%, because in 15 min or less i can have that in our 500 mile trip car.
      thecommentator2013
      • 9 Months Ago
      I just can't help it: I L-O-V-E my Volt. Just a thought. I was ICE-addicted. Now I am EV-addicted. Get me back into a ICE-only car? B I G N O ! !
      • 10 Months Ago
      I am sure they are counting my volt in there :D. Excited to have Voltec, its an amazing car and drives like no other.
      jimmy_james44
      • 10 Months Ago
      What are the driving characteristics? I think the Volt would be better on the highway with a longer wheelbase and a wider stance, and the weight centrally located would make it very stable. The leaf, being a French inspired car, having a more lux ride, better for cities and traffic. Correct?
      Richard Goebel
      • 9 Months Ago
      Still don`t understand why the Leaf would outsell the Volt. I know the Leaf is cheaper, but I would get tired of wondering if the battery is going dead. Volt owners don`t have to worry about that.
      porosavuporo
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nissan re-branded what used to be widely known as "EV grin" as a "cul-de-sac phenomenon". Doesnt matter, the effect works.
      MechE
      • 10 Months Ago
      Im surprised because a year ago I thought the Leaf's sales were going to get eaten up with the Fit EV pricing cut and other more traditional looking EVs emerging. Regardless, good to hear sales have been doing well.
        MechE
        • 10 Months Ago
        @MechE
        Yup, I post several times to make sure I get my point across.
          Ziv
          • 9 Months Ago
          @MechE
          Posting multiple entries with identical content is the equivalent of shouting in ALL CAPS! But only on Autobloggreen, because this is the only site so buggy that you end up posting multiple entries in the first place. Sarc/ I have about 3 identical posts a couple entries down. I don't have any idea how you are supposed to be able to tell if the first one has been accepted or not. Most of the time they are not, but they suddenly a bunch show up all at once. Irritating. It does seem to be better this morning, though. Knock on wood.
      goodoldgorr
      • 10 Months Ago
      I live in Canada where I see way more volts than leafs, I guess it's because there is a long cold 6 months winter and the volt perform better in winter then the reduced leaf. It would be interesting to compare the 2 car sales in Canada instead of u.s.a.
        fairfireman21
        • 10 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Here in the central part of the states I have seen countless Volts and 0 Leafs.
          Ziv
          • 10 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Sorry about that.
          Ziv
          • 10 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Interesting. I live in Northern Virginia and spend at least one lunch a week at one of the free chargers in the area and I count the models each time. When I got my Volt in 2013, it was 2 to 1 more likely to be a Volt than a Leaf in the spaces next to me. (I don't count my Volt, only the other cars) Lately it has been around 2 Volts for every 2 Leafs and there are nearly as many "sippy-cup" electrics like the PiP or the FFEnergis (combined) as Volts or Leafs. Teslas and Fits are relatively rare, FFElectrics are as rare as hens teeth, never seen an i3 or an ELR. I have a spot with 7 free chargers near me so I think it might be a pretty good snapshot of the current electric car population in the area.
          Ziv
          • 10 Months Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Interesting. I live in Northern Virginia and spend at least one lunch a week at one of the free chargers in the area and I count the models each time. When I got my Volt in 2013, it was 2 to 1 more likely to be a Volt than a Leaf in the spaces next to me. (I don't count my Volt, only the other cars) Lately it has been around 2 Volts for every 2 Leafs and there are nearly as many "sippy-cup" electrics like the PiP or the FFEnergis (combined) as Volts or Leafs. Teslas and Fits are relatively rare, FFElectrics are as rare as hens teeth, never seen an i3 or an ELR. I have a spot with 7 free chargers near me so I think it might be a pretty good snapshot of the current electric car population in the area.
        Spec
        • 10 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        The Volt does indeed do better than the Leaf in Canada and I agree probably for the reason you suggest.
      MechE
      • 10 Months Ago
      Im surprised because a year ago I thought the Leaf's sales were going to get eaten up with the Fit EV pricing cut and other more traditional looking EVs emerging. Regardless, good to hear sales have been doing well.
      jimmy_james44
      • 10 Months Ago
      What are the driving characteristics? I think the Volt would be better on the highway with a longer wheelbase and a wider stance, and the weight centrally located would make it very stable. The leaf, being a French inspired car, having a more lux ride, better for cities and traffic. Correct?
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor.
          lne937s
          • 10 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          On the other hand, the Volt is less tall and has less ground clearance, which lowers the center of gravity (at the expense of interior space). And the Volt is about 500 lbs heavier with wider tires, which would make it feel more planted.
          lne937s
          • 10 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          On the other hand, the Volt is less tall and has less ground clearance, which lowers the center of gravity (at the expense of interior space). And the Volt is about 500 lbs heavier with wider tires, which would make it feel more planted.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        I see these rubbish post all the time who told you the leaf was french inspired, I have written many times, renault does not own nissan, they have a voting right share in there.Nissan control more than 55% share of nissan motor company.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        Spec
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Leaf is "French inspired"? What?
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        I see these rubbish post all the time who told you the leaf was french inspired, I have written many times, renault does not own nissan, they have a voting right share in there.Nissan control more than 55% share of nissan motor company.
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor. On the other hand, the Volt is less tall and has less ground clearance, which lowers the center of gravity (at the expense of interior space). And the Volt is about 500 lbs heavier with wider tires, which would make it feel more planted.
          lne937s
          • 10 Months Ago
          @lne937s
          sorry about the repost, the system was having issues....
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor. On the other hand, the Volt is less tall and has less ground clearance, which lowers the center of gravity (at the expense of interior space). And the Volt is about 500 lbs heavier with wider tires, which would make it feel more planted.
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        jimmy_james44
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        Didn't know there'd be French hating, Goshen the CEO of Nissan is French. But, my point was, the Volt probably drives better on the highway with a longer and wider wheelbase. And I've heard the Leaf has a very nice ride. So, if you do highway driving wouldn't the volt be a better choice?
          Marco Polo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jimmy_james44
          @ jimmy_james44 Carlos Ghosn is indeed chairman of the three company alliance, and the main exponent of the groups electrification program. You are also correct in guessing that some of the design concept have a French styling influence (mostly the rear of the car) but the overall car is the work of Nissan's in-house design studio. Nissan's global design chief Dr Shiro Nakamura, has quite a task selecting cars designed for the very widely differing tastes of Japanese, Europeans, South Americans, and the newly important market of the PRC.
          Marco Polo
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jimmy_james44
          @ jimmy_james44 Carlos Ghosn is indeed chairman of the three company alliance, and the main exponent of the groups electrification program. You are also correct in guessing that some of the design concept have a French styling influence (mostly the rear of the car) but the overall car is the work of Nissan's in-house design studio. Nissan's global design chief Dr Shiro Nakamura, has quite a task selecting cars designed for the very widely differing tastes of Japanese, Europeans, South Americans, and the newly important market of the PRC.
          GreenDriver
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jimmy_james44
          Good gravy Jimmy James, what's wrong with you! You should have known all of this, after all futurecar guy has written about this many times! Get your head out of the sand man!!! Uh to answer your question, I think the Volt rides better on the highway. Also, while I love my EV, it's nice to not have to worry about range with the Volt, especially on the highway. I've taken mine on several long trips and think it's a great all around road trip vehicle.
          thecommentator2013
          • 9 Months Ago
          @jimmy_james44
          I think both cars drive well. The Volt has a better interior in terms of build quality, design, fit n finish, more sturdy, heavy feeling. But despite the Nissan's front, I really dig it as well and it's not off my list, depending on how the Gen2 LEAF will be.
          GreenDriver
          • 10 Months Ago
          @jimmy_james44
          Good gravy Jimmy James, what's wrong with you! You should have known all of this, after all futurecar guy has written about this many times! Get your head out of the sand man!!! Uh to answer your question, I think the Volt rides better on the highway. Also, while I love my EV, it's nice to not have to worry about range with the Volt, especially on the highway. I've taken mine on several long trips and think it's a great all around road trip vehicle.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        Grendal
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        Have you looked at a Leaf? It certainly doesn't look French. It has that weird fishy look that appeals to the Japanese. The Toyota HFCV has it too, very fishy. I have to say the Leaf look grew on me. I still think it can look better, but I no longer think it looks bad. I have a feeling that the same will happen with the BMW i3 over time. It's not fishy but it is goofy and ugly - for now.
          Ziv
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          I didn't like the Leaf when it came out, thought the Volt looked a lot better. I still like the Volt more, but the Leaf has grown on me. It still makes me think of a catfish from the front but it does so in a quirky way that isn't irritating.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        lne937s
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        The Volt has a 105.7" wheelbase. The LEAF has a 106.3" wheelbase. The Volt has longer overhangs, but the LEAF has a longer wheelbase. And without an engine up front, the weight is more centrally located under the floor.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
        futurecars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @jimmy_james44
        nissan is a japan company, not a french own, renault only owns 43% with voting rights, it does not own nor control nissan motor company, same goes for nissan who have 15% share in renault without voting rights.
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