Volt sales have been relatively strong throughout most of 2012 with GM selling 2,831 units in August; 1,849 units in July; and 1,760 units in June. The trend was not sustained in November, but December was definitely a rebound month. If we look back at December 2011, we discover that sales of the Volt were 1,529 units.
Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF were relatively strong in December, with 1,489 units driving off the lots. Recapping recent LEAF sales shows us that Nissan moved a solid 1,539 units in November, nearly identical to October's 1,579 sales. In December 2011, LEAF sales totaled 954 units.
In terms of 2012 year-to-date numbers, the tally for the Nissan LEAF is 9,819 units. That's incredibly close (+ 1.5 percent) to 2011's results, when sales of the LEAF totaled 9,674 units. Meanwhile, the 2012 YTD results for the Chevy Volt ring in at a remarkable 23,461 units. In comparison, General Motors' Volt sales for all of 2011 tallied only 7,671 units. That's a year-to-date (2012 versus 2011) increase of 205.8 percent.
The Chevy Volt is now officially the U.S.'s top-selling plug-in vehicle for 2012. In the number two spot is not the Nissan LEAF, but rather the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.Huge apology for a comment in MDW yesterday: Nissan is replacing the batteries of "some" Leafs due to premature loss of capacity, not all Leafs as erroneously stated. Nissan is extending the warranty for almost all Leafs. I misread the press release. A reader was kind enough to note that error as well as one other error regarding the post about the Nissan. Because that post was deleted, the reader's comment was not published. I owe the reader a huge "thank you" for catching the multiple errors.