July Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt Steady, Leaf Lethargic (Again)
BY JOHN VOELCKER
Green Car Reports
Aug 1, 2012
In July, Chevrolet sold 1,849 Volts, bringing its total for the first seven months of the year to 10,666--and its total U.S. sales since launch to 18,663 (including 7,671 in 2011 and 326 in December 2010).
By contrast, Nissan sold 395 Leaf battery-electric vehicles, giving it a 2012 total thus far of 3,543 (down 26 percent on last year's 4,806 as of July 2011), and overall U.S. sales since launch of 13,236 (9,674 in 2011 and 18 in December 2010).
Nissan has lately resorted to lower-cost lease offers to boost sales of the lagging Leaf. Its vice-president of sales, Al Castignetti, attributes the battery-electric car's low sales this year to a variety of causes, including a change to dealer distribution and increased competition from other plug-in offerings.
In July, Toyota delivered 688 units of the third high-volume plug-in car on the U.S. market, the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
That's just barely fewer than last month's 695, and it brings the number of plug-in Prius hybrids delivered since February to 5,021.
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