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Are Americans Buying the Nissan and Chevy Volt?

Last the Nissan Leaf and Chevy won PM Breakthrough Awards. Now, a year later, we catch up them as sales figures to become available. So, how are these cars doing?

Update . we published this story week, Nissan has announced the base price for the 2012 will increase to $35,200 government tax rebates), nearly more than the 2011 The Leaf SV is up to $37,250. However, models will include a new weather package.

According to The New Times. the Chevy Volt drop in price for 2012, about $41,000 to $39,995.

sales figures for the Chevrolet and Nissan Leaf are in for the first of 2011, and at first glance, don t look good. Only Chevy Volt extended-range vehicles were delivered to since they began at dealerships in the first few launch areas late last Nissan s Leaf electric bettered that by more 800 units, with 3894 sold or leased by U.S. through June 30 (including 19 in 2010).

Skeptics will quote numbers to contend that is little U.S. demand for But not so fast you have to look sales numbers to understand the big Because both EVs have up production at an excruciatingly slow supply has not yet met demand.

The Volt

month, GM idled the Volt s plant for four weeks so the company could install needed to nearly quadruple output capacity. Before the fewer than 4300 Volts had been built. But to the upgrades, the company expects to about 16,000 Volts year, and will be able to that number to 60,000 for the 2012 calendar year.

In addition, many of the Volts have been built t even for sale. Of the initial about 700 have been to launch-market dealers as demonstrators, and 300 are used for internal purposes and executive evaluations, continuing and development, media test Only about 200 were on dealer lots as of July 1.

The GM should be back up and running month. Chevy dealers will be getting Volts by the end of year, and more than will have demo GM will ship about 2011 models and 15,000 to overseas markets, leaving an 10,000 Volts for U.S. this year and roughly in 2012.

[The Volt] has one of the inventory levels and highest rates in the industry, GM says in a adding that Volts are sold as quickly as they Certainly the sales number look better if dealers allowed to sell their and the demand is there, GM says. But the says that keeping around for people to see and drive is important in the long run: The demo program is the right as the vehicle is drawing new customers our dealerships.

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The Leaf

Meanwhile, Nissan that 7554 Leafs had delivered to customers worldwide as of 3, mostly in Japan but including 2000 in the U.S. And then was its best month yet: Leaf production beginning spring in seven launch Washington, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Hawaii and Texas reports that it moved Leafs in the U.S. Distribution expand to seven more (Maryland, Virginia, North South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama) by this fall, and to the of the country in 2012.

Nissan says it had 20,000 reservations (at $99 a pop) in hand fall, and so thousands of would-be are still on waiting lists. The won t release Leaf production but says that total sales had increased to 9687 as of 1. Leaf production stalled this year because of the of Japanese tsunami, but the company is on track to produce the Leaf in by the end of 2012, it says. Nissan the factory will be have the to build 150,000 EVs per year to around the world.

The Lowdown

of both cars is still a way from full capacity, but for the who did get their hands on one, s some interesting data. GM nearly 90 percent of those who in vehicles for a 2011 Volt non-GM cars and are new Chevrolet and 35 percent of Volt buyers did not any other vehicle. On average, owners say they are driving than 1000 miles (or 30 days) before refilling gas tanks, with two-thirds of miles driven on electric drawn from the grid.


Nissan does not yet provide satisfaction numbers, but its chart of usage by Leaf drivers that owners are still used to the rules of owning an car. More than 90 drive less than 100 (62 miles) per day, their trip distance (as of April) was 7 miles, and the average recharge was 2 hours, 11 minutes. So, among owners, the vehicle has had plenty of for their day-to-day usage, spokesperson Brian Brockman Perhaps as Leaf owners get accustomed to the car and its range, they ll out a little farther.

It s still too soon to know how will shake out for these especially with other like Mitsubishi s i coming to the in the next few years. But despite the sticker prices, ($41,000 for the Volt, roughly $33,000 for the one thing we can say with confidence is both the Volt and the Leaf have waiting lists 2012 as production catches up to

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