Chevy Volt Sales Grow in May, Nissan LEAF Slump Continues

By · June 01, 2012

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Nissan reports that sales of the electric LEAF checked in at 510 units in May 2012, compared to 370 units in April, 579 units in March and 478 units in February 2012. That's approximately half the 1,142 LEAFs sold in May 2011. Sales of the Chevy Volt increased a bit with General Motors reporting it sold 1,680 units in May 2012, compared to 1,462 units in April and a record-setting 2,289 units in March 2012. For the sake of comparison, General Motors sold only 481 Chevy Volts in May 2011.

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 2,613 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 7,057 units. Last year at this exact time, General Motors' year-to-date Volt sales stood at 2,184 units and Nissan's mark for the LEAF was 2,167 units. If this trend for Nissan continues, then LEAF sales in 2012 could represent a decline from last year.

Despite these numbers, 2012 already shows signs of significant growth in the plug-in segment, especially since the recent launch of the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Additionally, there's still reason to believe that the introduction of a handful of additional plug-in vehicles, including the Tesla Model S and the Toyota RAV4 EV, by year's end will increase sales in the segment.

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