Despite the usual trend of lower sales in February, Nissan managed to maintain its 12-month long sales record for the Leaf electric vehicle while sales of the Chevrolet Volt continued to trail in its rival’s wake.
Nissan sold 1,425 Leafs in February, an increase of 118.2 percent year over year and the best February sales the car has ever experienced, according to Autoblog. Nissan chalked the sales spike up to “amped up advertising in the latter half of February, which already has resulted in an uptick in sales and a significant increase in shopping traffic.” The automaker added they expect the momentum to continue into March.
Sales of the Volt meanwhile fell 25.6 percent from February 2013 to 1,210 units last month. And while the Volt still holds on to the overall sales lead over the Leaf, Volt sales appear to be slowing in 2014. In January, Chevrolet moved 918 units of the Volt, down from 1,140 in January 2013 and 2,392 in December 2013.
Seeing as the Leaf’s strongest markets were those with warm weather like San Francisco, CA and Atlanta, GA., the fast-paced battle for top EV should ramp up in coming months as the arctic-like weather that’s plagued much of the United States begins to dissipate.