Chevy Volt Sales Still Strong in June 2012, Nissan LEAF Slump Continues

By · July 03, 2012


With June 2012 now in the history books, US sales of two of the most celebrated electrified vehicles have been tallied.

Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at only 535 units in June 2012, compared to 510 units in May 2012; 370 units in April; and 579 units in March 2012. That's approximately one-third the 1,708 LEAFs sold in June 2011. Nissan's low volume of LEAF sales over the past handful of months is perplexing, especially considering how the automaker insists that US sales will hit 20,000 units by the end of Fiscal Year 2012 (March 31, 2013). If trends continue, Nissan's LEAF-manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee—expected to come online in December—could operate way below its capacity of 150,000 units annually.

Sales of the Chevy Volt increased a bit with General Motors reporting it sold 1,760 units in July 2012, compared to 1,680 units in May; 1,462 units in April; and a record-setting 2,289 units in March 2012. For the sake of comparison, General Motors sold only 561 Chevy Volts in June 2011.

In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF now checks in at 3,148 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at 8,817 units. Last year at this exact time, General Motors' year-to-date Volt sales stood at 2,745 units and Nissan's mark for the LEAF was 3,875 units.

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