Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Face Poor Sales, Reviews
With the Obama administration pushing green energy initiatives, and a pro-environment movement pushing against traditional internal combustion engines, several car manufacturers have been working toward producing all electric vehicles.
But so far, at least for the Leaf and Volt, sales have been sluggish. Really sluggish.
According to AutoblogGreen, GM sold just 281 Volts and Nissan was even more disappointing selling only 67.
In total, the Volt has sold 928 nationwide, with the Leaf has sold 173 thus far.
Although, if one looks at global sales, the Leaf wins hands down selling 3,657 to Volt’s 928.
Perhaps it has been poor reviews by such trusted publications like Consumer Reports that has stifled sales figures.
According to a piece in USA Today, the April issue of Consumer Reports says the range for both cars is significantly less than what the manufacturers claim. The Volt comes in between 23-28 miles per battery charge as opposed to the 25-50 miles touted by GM. Nissan does a little better with the Leaf getting an average 65 miles to a charge, but not the 100 miles the company states.
In addition, the cost per mile is not as great as the company is claiming.
The Volt goes for about $48,000 and the Leaf will set you back only $35,000.
The City of Chicago has recently committed to a $1.9 million contract with 350 Green LLC to build 280 electric vehicle charging stations around the city and suburbs.