Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro7
Nissan LEAF Still Leading Chevy Volt In Sales
July 2nd, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
For the eighth straight month, the Nissan LEAF outsold the Chevy Volt, and while the sales gulf between the two models isn’t massive, Nissan is clearly winning. In June Nissan sold 2,347 LEAF electric vehicles, compared to 1,777 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids, reports Autoblog Green.
The last time the Volt outsold the LEAF was in October of 2013, and since then sales of the Volt have leveled off, perhaps in anticipation of the announcement of the next-gen model. Meanwhile though, state tax incentives in Texas have helped increase LEAF sales, especially in the Austin, Dallas, and HOuston areas, though Atlanta (with its $5,000 tax credit) remains the top market for the LEAF.
As for the Volt? GM recently surveyed drivers to see what they wanted, and the answer was more range, more room, and a lower price. Perhaps when the Volt incorporates these ideas, sales will be able to reach the next level, and really start making a dent in America’s annual fuel consumption.
There’s also another possibility, and one that shouldn’t be discounted. With electric vehicles seeming more and more viable, perhaps the market for hybrids is cooling off? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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