Nissan recorded 1,198 Leaf sales last month, Chevrolet recorded 693 Volt sales and this in a shorter sales month would be a case of steady as she goes.
The month prior, Nissan broke an 18-month streak of setting records and came plummeting down 65 percent from December to 1,017 sales and 14.5 percent down year over year.
February’s 1,198 is an uptick over January but again no records were set as Nissan attributed lost business to wintry conditions.
“Tough winter weather in several key markets held EV sales back in February,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Infrastructure. “As we head into spring, we look forward to seeing more dealership traffic so shoppers can experience firsthand the benefits of the all-electric Nissan Leaf.”
The Volt meanwhile soldiers along having sold the lowest number in a couple years in January at 542 units as interest gains for the 2016 Volt due for release in a few months.
February’s 693 sales thus also represents an uptick.
As for reasons why sales are what they are, many reasons come into play. Among these, low fuel prices may have played a small part, but unlike regular hybrids, plug-in electrified vehicles have bucked a declining trend related to fuel prices that regular hybrid experienced.
During 2014, plug-in car sales increased as these vehicles allow drivers to utterly forego using gas part time or full time as the case may be – thus these vehicles are about more than just saving on gas.
It’s not believed Nissan will offer the second-generation Leaf for at least another year but the Japanese automaker has so far been more resistant to its equally long status in its product life cycle.
Both the Leaf and Volt were launched December 2010. They really are dissimilar products but share the fact they lpug in, are alternatives and as things would have it, the public did see a sort of sales race even if their makers deny any deliberate race exists.
If there is one, the Leaf is doing better. It’s been marketed better, more people understand its simple all-electric drivetrain, and it costs a few thousand less than the Volt.
Further, Leaf leases are cheaper and it has stood as the mainstream go-to EV in the United States at this price level.
When the 2016 Volt is launched around this summer – and if fuel prices rise as some predict – we shall see how the comparison fares as many other variables come into play in the nascent industry besides.