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Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Nissan Leaf Takes #1 Back From Chevy Volt (5th Swap This Year)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

I just published a full wrap-up of US electric vehicle sales up till the end of September. However, a few specific stories seemed worth highlighting in separate posts. For example, this constant changing of places at #1 that is occurring between the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt is quite interesting.

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Credit: Nissan image modified by Zachary Shahan / EV Obsession

For the 5th month this year, the two leading plug-in cars have swapped places. In September, Nissan again took over at #1 (in monthly sales — it is nearly 700 behind in year-to-date sales). Previously, it was #1 in July, May, April, and March.

Chevy Volt. Credit: GM

Credit: Chevy Volt via GM


The Volt started out the year with a clear lead on the Leaf, but the Leaf surged ahead when manufacturing moved to the US and Nissan subsequently cut the price of the Leaf by $6,400. Eventually, after its own price cuts, the Volt regained #1 in June, then lost it, then regained it in August, and has now lost it again.

It’s a fun little plug-in car competition, to say the least. I imagine it is also helping to spur on more plug-in car sales.

To date, for the year of 2013, the Volt has now seen 16,760 sales in the US, 2.52% more than the 16,348 sales it had seen at this point in time in 2012.

The Leaf, meanwhile, has now seen 16,076 sales in 2013, 208.44% more than the 5,212 sales it had seen at this point in time in 2012.

More electric car and hybrid US sales details can be found via the article to which I just linked and in the following table. I have have special commentary on GM, Honda, and Toyota hybrid and electric vehicle sales and on Ford’s surging hybrid and electric vehicle sales.

September hybrid electric car sales US






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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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