The Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt launched around the same time, both offering American drivers electric vehicle options. Automobile magazine decided to see which car was most capturing the consumers' attention and the LEAF came out as the clear winner so far. Nissan has sold 3,875 LEAFs so far in 2011 while Chevy has sold 2,745 Volts.
One would assume that the combination of all-electric and gasoline engine like the Volt offers would be more desirable to drivers right now since electric charging infrastructure is slowly expanding, but it seems that a price difference of $8,000 is a bigger factor. The LEAF costs $32,780 before tax incentives and rebates while the Volt starts at $41,000.
These sales numbers only reflect six months of activity, but this could be a great sign for automakers getting ready to release all-electric models, especially since these sell numbers include the production setback Nissan faced after the tsunami that hit Japan in March. Nissan expects to deliver 10,000 - 12,000 vehicles by the end of 2011.
written by beforewisdom, July 08, 2011
written by ron, September 03, 2011
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