Chevy Volt Sales Trump Nissan LEAF in November 2011
Sales of the Nissan LEAF in the US dipped in November, allowing the Chevy Volt to grab the top spot among plug-in vehicles.
Sales of the Chevy Volt continue to follow a slight upward trend, with General Motors tallying 1,139 units for November. That's an improvement over October 2011 Volt sales of 1,108 units—and a sizable jump over the 723 Volts that Chevy sold in September. Year-to-date sales of the Chevy Volt—now at a 6,142 units—are not likely to reach the 10,000 target stated by General Motors. By not hitting the mark—and due to a possible fallout from reports of fires in crashed units—the ability for GM to ramp up to its 60,000-unit target are uncertain.
Meanwhile, Nissan reported that sales of the all-electric LEAF rang in at 672 units in the US in November 2011. That's down from the 849 LEAFs Nissan sold in October and way below the 1,031 LEAF sales reported for the month of September. From a year-to-date perspective, Nissan LEAF sales now rest at 8,720 units—putting combined sales of cars that use grid-supplied electricity as fuel at nearly 15,000 vehicles.
Nissan expects to add another 1,000 or so sales of the LEAF by the end of year, potentially selling 10,000 LEAFs in the US by the end of 2011. The company has already sold in excess of 20,000 LEAFs worldwide.
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