Chevy Volt Sales Hit Record High, Nissan LEAF Slumps in March

By · April 03, 2012

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With March 2012 now in the history books, US sales of the two most-hyped electrified vehicles have been tallied and it's the Chevy Volt that blazed its way into the record books.

Nissan reports that sales of the all-electric LEAF checked in at 579 units in March, compared to only 478 units in February 2012. That's still below the 676 LEAFs that Nissan reported selling in January 2012, but close to twice the 298 LEAFs sold by Nissan in March 2011.

Sales of the Chevy Volt continue to follow an upward trend with General Motors reporting it sold 2,289 units in March 2012. That's a marked improvement over the 1,203 units sold in February 2012 and nearly four times the 603 Volts sold in January 2012. For the sake of comparison, General Motors sold only 608 Chevy Volts in March 2011.

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 1,733 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 3,915 units.

Critics will surely declare that plug-in vehicles continue to flop, but 2012 already shows signs of significant growth in the plug-in segment and the year is far from over. Additionally, there's reason to believe that the introduction of up to 10 additional plug-in vehicle by year's end will boost sales in the segment.

The first three months of 2012 are over. Are analysts' predictions of 100,000 plug-in vehicles sold in the US in 2012 going to prove accurate? Will a newcomer, maybe Prius Plug-in Hybrid, add a big boost to overall sales in the plug-in vehicle segment? Or is it still early to tell?

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