Volt Sales Set Record in October 2012, Nissan LEAF Also Rises

By · November 01, 2012


Sales of the Chevy Volt remain at high levels, with General Motors reporting it sold 2,961 units in October 2012. That's more than 100 units above the 2,851 Volts sold in September 2012. Volt sales have been relatively high most of the year with GM selling 2,831 units in August; 1,849 units in July; and 1,760 units in June. A year ago, in October 2011, General Motors sold only 1,108 Chevy Volts.

Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at 1,579 units, a substantial increase over the 984 units sold in September and well above the 685 sales Nissan reported for August. That 1,579-unit mark represents an 86 percent improvement over the 849 LEAFs sold in October 2011.

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 6,791 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 19,309 units. Last year at this exact time, General Motors' year-to-date Volt sales stood at 5,003 units and Nissan's mark for the LEAF was 8,066 units.


· Volume Van (not verified) · 5 years ago

Excellent, Volt keeps setting record after record every month.
Leaf also keeps improving. The Leaf- MY-2013 which should come in a base model should sell even better.

Before December ends, C-Max will be launched and that may sell better than Volt & PIP.
Also Tesla is ramping up its Model S sales. A 3 way competition between EV, Plugin & Hybrid is about to happen and this will reduce the battery price and increase the sales of all 3 types of vehicles.

· · 5 years ago

Congrats Chevy the Volt sales are on the raise.

· · 5 years ago

It's not so uncommon to see a Volt on the road anymore. As for the Leaf, you can't drive through Sacramento or Marin without seeing a couple.

· · 5 years ago

Today I did more driving than usual but during my drives, I saw 3 Leafs, 2 Volts, and a Tesla Roadster. Pretty soon they could be as common as the Prius, which I see everywhere.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

This is so exciting, lets get rid of gasoline cars fast.

· · 5 years ago

Yeah baby

Go baby go

I am not surprised that the Volt is doing well
I am pleased and surprised the leaf is doing so well

Great news!!!


· grumpy (not verified) · 5 years ago

I bet Exon-mobil hates to see this because every EV or pluggable on the road probably represents 2000$ in lost revenue a year.

While the numbers aren't huge, the continued growth must be a concern. Reminds me of the Introduction of PCs. A slow but steady rise in adoption killed off the centralized control of the main frame. Now unless it's a job that demands a Cray, I have no need for centralized processing.

· · 5 years ago

What's funny here is that, most of this past year, many of us felt depressed that sales figures of "only" 600 here or 1300 there represented some sort of continuing failure of EVs or plug-ins in general. People sometimes get too wrapped up in overly-optimistic projections and are ready to sweep any sort of progress under the table.

But it's often good to back away from the monthly figures and look at it from the long view. As pointed out below, there were over 38,000 OEM plug-ins sold during the 2012 model year and that represents a 228% increase over the 2011 one . . .


Just got an email from a member of our local EV club. The first Mitsubishi i is now tooling around the streets of Tucson, joining a couple hundred Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts already here. A year and a half ago, it was only a handful home converted ones and low speed neighborhood vehicles.

· RSAGE (not verified) · 5 years ago

I'm a Republican and plan on voting for Romney, and I own a Nissan Leaf. Although many in my own party see this as an oxymoron, I believe that this is one issue that all Americans, regardless of political party, can agree on.

· · 5 years ago


I'm voting for Gary Johnson, and although I think his view on Global Warming is looney, I'm voting for him because I agree with 90% of everything else he does.

Before everyone else here gets insulted,

1). I understand the Polemic, politicians and writers can rarely go against the grain. NJ governor Christie (basically a bully) said " I dont care if Climate Change is Bogus its the party's position so I'm sticking with it." (!!!)

2). Al Gore most assuredly does *NOT* believe in it, otherwise why build a 9 million $ palace at the water's edge in SF, CA. ( since we're all going to be flooded by next Tuesday or something). He flies around in private planes all the time (can you say BIG Footprint), but he wants me to be taxed (to him!!) because I exhale a 'pollutant'.

That said , i'm a very big proponent of EV's. Although I might have to wait for battery technology advances before things transpire as i'd wish.

· antonio (not verified) · 5 years ago

i am very happy with volt sales.

· mileater (not verified) · 5 years ago

rsage, Do not vote for Romney. I am a lifelong republican, but Romney scares me. He will eliminate the Bush EV tax incentive and send EV's backwards. Romney will also undermine anything in EV, Solar and wind.
Thanks to Romney, he pushed me from being a republican to unaffiliated now.
I am a freedom loving, CCW carrying, Chevy Volt driver and voting against Romney. Obama has my vote. Chevy Volt= best car on the road.

· Tinapolis (not verified) · 5 years ago

Once people try an EV, they wonder what all the negativity is about. One test drive was all it took for me. My wife and I have orphaned our second car. We both prefer the smooth, quiet Volt driving experience. That second car will be replaced with an EV when the day comes.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

I live in Albuquerque New Mexico and decided that I was ready to either purchase or lease a Volt. I was shocked to find out that the dealer only had one (white) model available at his dealership and that there were only 3 available in all of New Mexico and no more arriving for 30 days. WOW! I wonder if they could sell more if they actually had any available. Buy the way, there were at least 100 Chevy Cruzes on the lot.

· MNDFLER (not verified) · 5 years ago

Can President Obama mandate the purchase of Chevy Volts by State and local governments? Imagine if every school district was required to buy Chevy Volts!!!! FORWARD!!!!!

· · 5 years ago

A friend of mine signed a lease for a Leaf SL on Halloween. He put no money down, and pays $238 per month for 24 months, 24,000 miles. His first month is free.

· · 5 years ago

Regarding the election, this little girl sums it up best: just get the bloody thing over with . . .


Also crying today like the little girl in the YouTube video, as the Chevy dealer is coming over this afternoon to take back the borrowed Volt


Two weeks and 305 miles later, though, it was fabulous.

· · 5 years ago

So Ben how did you like the bat-mobile? Did you put the gas flare out over the rear license plate yet?

· · 5 years ago

It was a great ride, Bill. No flames shooting out the rear port, but the TV camera in the dash is certainly worlds ahead of what the old 1966 Batmobile had.

On his request, I'm preparing an analysis for the dealer. In short, I'm saying that I wish it had a marginally larger battery and just a bit more luggage space in the back. Generally, though, I'm giving the Volt very high marks.

I was also very pleased with my time with the Leaf this past summer. Both cars are different enough from each other that they serve different purposes but also compliment each other.

· Tinapolis (not verified) · 5 years ago

With over 20,000 miles on my Volt, my lifetime stands at 140 MPG.

When I see the gas lines in NJ and NY, I am sad for them but happy I have a car that can drive either on electricity or on gas.

With my net gas savings and tax credit, my Volt cost me $29k. Throw in my state's $4k tax credit, and it's down to $25K. It's a no-brainer to buy this car, regardless of the GOP's anti-Volt platform.

I did not leave the GOP, I just got out of the car when they decided to drive off a cliff.

· · 5 years ago

Plug-ins sold 7,032 cars in October and reached 0.65% market share!!!

Plug-in market share of 0.65% and growing in its second year is nothing short of amazing! Hybrid reached this kind of levels only in their six year!!! Kudos to GM, Toyota, Nissan, Tesla and Ford!

· · 5 years ago


Agreed, Romney is dangerous. Billy Graham used to say that Mormons are non-Christian, until they gave him a nice honorarium , then he stopped saying that. As a "Latter day Saint", and a Bishop, he believes he's not under the restraint of the Ten Commandments, such as "Don't Steal, Murder, Lie", and is his own moral compass., He thinks that in the afterlife, he will be a god. Those laws (actually the basis of our common law gov't since the 11th century) he considers only apply to the Gentiles, i.e, any non-morman. This religion is also the only one that has sworn a vendetta to the fourth generation (that would include Willard, Tag, and Tag's kids) against the United States for killing Joseph and Hiram Smith. There are other much more practical reasons also, but people can do their own research.

He seems to also want to implement Austerity faster than even Obama is doing it. Hopefully, people will start mobilizing against Obama's Grand Bargain with the Republican Party, (no matter who is elected).

Romney seems to think or at least give the impression he's independent and can make his own decisions. But the guy lies so much you don't know to what extent he REALLY believes anything. Remember, he's under no obligation to tell us gentiles (by the above definition) the truth.

· Dirk (not verified) · 5 years ago

Great job, Volt team. Keep leading!

· · 5 years ago

Let's not bash Mitt Romney simply because of his religion, Bill. There are plenty of other reasons to not support him and I most certainly won't be voting for him for a variety of them beyond his beliefs. I'll contend that ANY politician who wears their religion a little too closely to their chest is probably suspect. An allegiance to a religion means absolutely nothing as an accurate gauge to morality and ethics. The Nazis, after all, unabashedly declared themselves as Christians. The labels are meaningless.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

In Australia we are asked to pay A$68000 for the Volt at a time when the Australian dollar is stronger than the US dollar

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

We've owned a Volt seven months. Great car; our minivan is seldom used now. Fun to drive and comfortable and we've used less than fifty gallons of gas to drive 6,000 miles!

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

We've owned a Volt seven months. Great car; our minivan is seldom used now. Fun to drive and comfortable and we've used less than fifty gallons of gas to drive 6,000 miles!

· · 5 years ago

@Benjamin Nead

That may apply as a generalization but definitely not in this case... Let's Agree to Disagree. I didn't go into detail.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

With all that taxpayer money thrown at these cars it is surprising more cars have not moved. Also the Volt is electric in name only. It is more popular because you can ignore the electruc and run in gas. But still get HOV and special parking access. Chevy did a great job lobbying to call the Volt an 'electric'.

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