Chevy Volt Sales Increases Over Prius and Leaf
Amidst tough competition in the auto industry, General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt finds the top position as the sales of the electric car increased in the first half of the year. The Chevy Volt was the best-selling rechargeable auto in the United States until June, racing ahead of Toyota Motor Corp.’s plug-in Prius and Nissan Motor Co.’s all-electric Leaf hatchback. According to the official reports, the deliveries of the Volt sedan tripled to 1,760 in June from 561 annually and it rose 221 percent in the first half to 8,817. Meanwhile, Toyota sold 695 units of the rechargeable Prius in June and 4,347 since it was introduced in March. What is to be noticed is that the sales of Leaf fell down 69 percent in June to 535 and 19 percent this year to 3,148. Previous year, the automaker delivered Leafs to buyers on a waiting list, rather than directly off dealer lots.
“On March 1 we went to a more a traditional dealer model. In doing that we miscalculated the marketing that had to go behind it,” said Al Castignetti —vice president of Nissan’s North American sales. On the other side, the demand for Chevy Volt is increasing in California, which is considered to be the major market for rechargeable vehicles. The demand increased after Detroit-based GM redesigned the car’s warranty and emissions to be eligible for state rebates and lone drivers to use carpool lanes. The progress in the sales of Volt came when the automaker briefly halted the assembly this year after sales cooled on news of battery-pack fires following crash tests.
Once charged, the 2013 Chevrolet travels 38 miles (around 61 kilometers) by its lithium-ion battery pack, and the vehicle has obtained a U.S. efficiency rating of 98 miles per gallon-equivalent. GM confirmed this in a statement. If it is the case for the Volt, the Leaf travels 73 miles per charge while the Prius can travel15 miles on battery power before running as a 50-mile-per-gallon hybrid. The price for the Volt starts at $39,145, and qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Other electric vehicles like the plug-in Prius and Nissan Leaf costs $32,000 and $35,200 respectively. Prius qualifies for a $2,500 tax credit and for the Leaf it is $7,500.