Since the Chevrolet Volt and and Nissan Volt first went on sale in 2010, our kind friends at Autoblog have been keeping a watchful eye on the sales race between the two first ever plug-in vehicles from major automakers.
Initially, the Chevrolet Volt opened to a monumental lead, but with each passing year, the Nissan Leaf has chipped away ever so slightly at its lead in the race. The Volt outsold the leaf 23,461 to 9,819 in 2012, something GM needed badly with such a rocky beginning to the nameplate.
But since November of 2013, the Leaf has quietly been plugging along (see what we did there?) to outsell the Volt each month. It was only a matter of time before the Nissan Leaf stole the plug-in crown, but the Chevrolet Volt will get one more month to wear this fictional crown we’re describing. Maybe it has electrical sockets on it, or something…
Anyways, from the time both cars went on sale until February 2015 the Nissan Leaf has sold 74,590 units. The Chevrolet Volt? Merely two more at 74,592. Not helping the Volt’s numbers was a weak showing of only 693 sold in the month of February, while the Leaf found 1,198 new homes.
The 693 units represents a 47 percent decrease in Volt sales from this time last year of 1,210, but as we’ve pointed out previously, the incoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt is no doubt holding serious buyers back. Unless you’re looking for a killer deal on a PHEV, waiting for the 2016 Volt is the best bet, even if this means canibalizing current Volt sales.