Chevy Volt Sales Still Sizzling, Nissan LEAF Slumps in April 2012

By · May 01, 2012


With April 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 continues to blaze the sales charts.

With April now in the books, US sales of the two most-hyped electrified vehicles have been tallied.

Nissan reports that sales of the electric LEAF checked in at only 370 units in April, compared to 579 units in March and 478 units in February 2012. That's well below Nissan's seemingly ever-changing monthly US sales target and even significantly less than the 573 LEAFs sold in April 2011. We're not quite sure what's up with Nissan's low volume of LEAF sales over the past few months, but let's hope that the numbers improve soon.

Sales of the Chevy Volt dropped a bit with General Motors reporting it sold 1,462 units in April 2012, compared to a record-setting 2,289 units in March 2012. That's a decent improvement over the 1,203 units sold in February 2012 and a significant jump over the 603 Volts sold in January 2012. For the sake of comparison, General Motors sold only 493 Chevy Volts in April 2011.

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 2,103 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 5,377 units. Last year at this exact time, General Motors' year-to-date Volt sales stood at 1,703 units and Nissan's mark for the LEAF was 1,025 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 ratchet up sales in the segment.

Let's hope that by the time that the ball drops in New York City on New Year's Eve 2012 that US sales in the plug-in vehicle segment reach or exceed analysts' prediction of 100,000-plus units.

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