Electric Car Battle in US: 2011's First Half Sales of Volt Sales Lags behind Leaf's
|Topics: Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt
The electric car competition in the US market between the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt intensifies and for this year's first half, the Leaf has outsold the Volt.
The Leaf's sales lead over the Volt was actually slim during the month of May this year. Based on the existing records in May, Chevrolet's Volt was only 17 units behind the Nissan Leaf. With this, there is a great chance that the Volt might be able to reduce or even erase this lead that the Leaf has posted in a few months time.
However, the 17 units lead has eventually increased into 1130 units in the beginning of June up to the present. After almost a month, Nissan was able to sell about 1708 units of the Leaf. Chevy on the other hand was only able to sell about 561 of their Volt and this was the reason why the lead has significantly climbed up.
One of possible reasons for the increase of Nissan's sales in the US for this year's first half was probably due to its current pricing. The Leaf is cheaper compared to the Volt with a starting market price of about $33,000 plus a federal tax credit of about $7500 and the discounts offered by dealerships to new car finders.
The Volt on the other hand is sold at a starting price of about $40,000 without the incentives and the discounts offered by the dealerships to those who would be buying this car on a cash basis rather than using some of the available auto financing deals that are available.
With this outcome, GM would be pushing its production of the Volt before this year ends so as to achieve its target of selling about 12,000 units of the Volt in the US.
However, Nissan and GMs should improve their production of these electric car models since other car makers are planning to sell their own versions of electric cars.
Toyota plans to launch a plug-in version of its Prius by 3013. Aside from this, the company will also be introducing the electric version of the RAV4 that will also hit the market maybe next year. Honda on the other hand would also be launching the battery only version of its Jazz and Fit.
Given all of these, the sales battle among electric car is expected to continue and this situation leaves car finders a wide range of options when buying an electric vehicle.
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