Chevrolet Volt Outsells All Electric Cars in 2012

Chevrolet Volt Outsells All Electric Cars in 2012

Chevrolet sold more than 23,000 units of the Volt, in 2012 alone. That's more than any electric/gas hybrid car - including the all electric, Nissan Leaf.The Chevy volt is out selling its main competition, the Nissan Leaf, by more than 2 to 1. Chevrolet sold 23,461 units in 2012 alone, compared to Nissan’s 9,819 sales of its Leaf.

There was a lot of pressure on Ed Welburn and the other Execs at GM to move more units of the Chevy Volt – especially after 2011’s disappointing figures. The car’s $40,000 MSRP price tag is a tough sell for a vehicle of its size and interior capacity.

The technology in the Volt is a better buy to most consumers than the Leaf’s. At contention is, range, the distance the cars can travel before needing to be recharged and fuel consumption.

The Leaf does have a greater battery range of the two cars. Chevy’s Volt has a small gas motor that extends driving distance to that of a traditional vehicle.

Helping the Volt’s sales even more is a rule change in California that allows it to be driven in their high occupancy lanes.  Most of the recent sales spike came from this state.