Since their near-simultaneous launches in 2010, The Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have been locked in a lively sales battle. Though the two cars are very different in the ways their electric ways, they both have plugs, four doors, and comparable prices. And for the month of October, Chevy enthusiasts and Volt fans will be happy to know that more customers chose to buy the Volt than the Leaf.
Specifically, U.S. Chevrolet delivered 2,035 Volts in October 2015, an impressive 41 percent increase compared to the 1,439 Volts sold in October 2014. By comparison, Nissan reported 1,238 Leaf sales, down 52.2 percent from October 2014. Hence, Chevy delivered 797 more Volts than Nissan sold Leafs during the month.
We don’t know how many of the 2,035 Volts sold were of the all-new, 2016 model and how many were of the outgoing first-generation. But what we do know is that all-new, 2016 Volt is currently available in the limited number of launch states, while the dealers across the country have various incentives to sell out of the outgoing 2015 Volt. Meanwhile, it’s possible that Nissan is expecting Leaf sales to improve with the 2016 model year of the vehicle, which will offer a larger 30 kWh battery as an option.
But despite outselling the Leaf in October, the Volt lags behind the leaf in the calendar-year-to-date sales race: during the first ten months of 2015, Nissan sold 14,868 Leafs while Chevy moved 11,299 Volts. Here’s to hoping that this changes in the last three months of the year as more 2016 Volts become available.