The numbers are in, and GM’s Chevrolet Volt was the top-selling plug-in vehicle in the U.S. in the first half of the year, beating the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf.
Volt sedan sales were more than three times as high as the year before, jumping to 1,760 in June 2012 from 561 in June 2011. Toyota sold 695 rechargeable Prius’ last month, out of 4,347 since its introduction to the market in March. Nissan Leaf sales fell 69 percent last month, with only 535 sold, and 19 percent this year to only 3,148. The company is currently in the process of switching to direct dealer sales. Previously Nissan has delivered Leafs directly to customers on a waiting list rather than right off the dealer lot.
Demand for the Chevy Volt has risen in California, the state with the biggest market for rechargeable vehicles. GM has modified the car’s emissions, and warranty details to qualify it for state rebates and allow single drivers to use the carpool lanes. These improvements were made shortly after Volt assembly was briefly halted.
The 2013 Chevy Volt can travel 38 miles on a single battery charge, with a U.S. efficiency rating of 98 miles per gallon-equivalent. The Nissan Leaf averages 73 miles per charge, and the plug-in Prius averages 15 miles on battery power before switching to a 50 MPG hybrid.
Interested in switching to a plug-in model? They’re not exactly cheap, but they come with some serious tax credits. According to their respective websites, the Volt starts at $39,145 and qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Nissan Leaf starts at $35,200 with a $7,500 tax credit. The plug-in Prius is $32,000 before a $2,500 tax credit.
Do you drive one of these vehicles? Would you consider purchasing one in the future?
Image CC licensed by rudisillart: Chevy Volt