The first two plug-in vehicles from major automakers in the US were the Chevy Volt
and the Nissan Leaf
. Ever since they went on sale to much fanfare in late 2010, we've been tracking the monthly sales with great interest
(and, of course, other green vehicle sales as well
). After a big initial lead by the Volt – the Volt outsold the Leaf 23,461 to 9,819 in 2012 – the Leaf has been chugging along and outsold the Volt every month since November 2013. We knew that the cumulative totals would soon tip in favor of the Leaf, but for at least one more month, the Volt is going to be able to say its the most popular plug-in vehicle in the US. Overall, for all officially reported sales of the Leaf and the Volt, things are almost exactly tied. Since the vehicles went on sale in the end of 2010 until the end of February 2015, the Volt has sold 74,592 units and the Leaf has sold ... drumroll please ... 74,590 units.
For February, Leaf sales totaled 1,198 units, a 17-percent drop from the 1,425 Leafs sold last February. Brendan Jones, Nissan's
director of Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, said in a statement that, "Tough winter weather in several key markets held EV
sales back in February. As we head into spring, we look forward to seeing more dealership
traffic so shoppers can experience firsthand the benefits of the all-electric Nissan Leaf." Of course, it was cold in the US last February, too, but we're sure that the nasty weather did indeed play a role last month.
Things were even worse for the Chevy Volt, which dropped to just 693 copies sold, down 47 percent from the 1,210 sold last year. That's just barely enough for Chevy
to keep talking about its plug-in sales leadership, but we expect the message to change once the March numbers come out next month.