Nissan Leaf continues strong sales push with 2,138; Chevy Volt moves 1,607

We know, you've heard this before. Since shifting production of the all-electric Leaf, Nissan has seen a pretty substantial increases in sales. For May 2013, sales were up a whopping 319.2 percent compared to last year to 2,138 units. This means ( just like last time) that last month was the second-best month ever for Leaf. Let's call it a trend. Nissan starting 2013 Leaf production in Smyrna, TN in March, Leaf sales are up 332.5 percent compared to the same period in 2012. That big price cut didn't hurt, we're pretty sure. Nissan's director for electric vehicle sales and marketing, Erik Gottfried, said that the new hot Leaf markets are Atlanta, Chicago and Denver.

For Chevy, the general news is "steady as she goes." The Chevy Volt sold 1,607 units last month, down 4.3 percent from 1,680 in May 2012. At least this reverses Chevy's recent downward Volt slide (February: 1,626, March: 1,478, April: 1,306). Compared to 2013, Volt sales are up 1.4 percent.

As Green Car Reports points out, this means the Leaf has now outsold the Volt for 2013, 7,614 to 7,157, but the Volt has still outsold the Leaf by about lifetime 10,000 units (in the US). Where will we be next month?

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