One of the more closely watched automotive rivalries in recent years is that between the gas-optional Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Nissan Leaf. While both cars have their pros and cons, it seems that sales are a “pro” for the Leaf.
In July, Nissan sold 1,864 Leafs (Leaves?), whereas Chevy sold 1,788 Volts, with one of them now belonging to our own Manoli Katakis. To compare these numbers to July 2012, the Leaf sales went up 372%, and the Volt sank 3%. This is the fourth month in 2013 where the Leaf has outsold the Volt.
For the entire year thus far, the Leaf is ahead by a slim 60 units, but hopes to take the sales win for the year, as Nissan lost that very race in 2012. Interestingly enough, the best monthly sales for the Volt have been as high as 2,961, and for the Leaf – 2,236.
The upcoming months to close out the year 2013 will be fast-paced for the world of EVs, for a few reasons. Naturally, the desire to sell all of the 2013 models (and possible 2012 models) on dealer lots will be incentive enough to drop prices. On top of this, there are more competitors on the market now than ever before, as the Tesla Model S production has gained a lot of steam, along with the likes of the Ford Focus EV, Fiat 500 EV, etc. And all of this is just the beginning of a war in a rapidly growing market.