Chevy Volt Sales Sizzle, Nissan LEAF Cools Off in February 2012
With February now in the history books, US sales of the two most popular electrified vehicles have been tallied.
Nissan reports that sales of the electric LEAF checked in at only 478 units in February 2012. That's below the 676 LEAFs that Nissan reported selling in January 2012, but still seven times more than the 67 LEAFs sold in February 2011, when the market was just getting started.
Sales of the Chevy Volt picked up significantly with General Motors reporting it sold 1,203 units in February 2012. That's nearly double the 603 Volts sold in January 2012, but still a bit below the 1,529 Volts that Chevy sold in December 2011.
In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now sits at 1,154 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 1,626 units. That's 1,024 units above the sales mark set by the Chevy Volt after the first two months of 2011.
Critics will continue to declare plug-in vehicles a flop, but 2012 is far from over and the introduction of approximately 10 additional plug-in vehicle by year's end will significantly boost sales in the segment. The first units of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid are starting to sell, and Toyota's target is 15,000 units in the first year.
Will analyst predictions of about 100,000 plug-in vehicles sold in 2012 prove accurate? Keep an eye on new plug-in products and the rising price of gasoline.
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