Nissan Leaf Sees Sales Surge, Gets Trampled By Chevy Volt Hybrid Anyway

Oct 04, 2016 04:33 AM EDT | Fritz Flores

Sales figures for September are out - and although the industry is on a steady decline, EV models like the Nissan Leaf saw some spike in units sold but not enough to compete with giants like the Chevy Volt Hybrid.

Despite that, it looks like the flagship electronic car from Nissan is getting good traction. The said car model, which started production last 2010, has been experiencing a downward trend up until this breath of fresh air came along.

According to AutoBlog, sales for Nissan Leaf have experienced a 5.5 percent increase which roughly translates to 1,316 units sold last month. This is in comparison to 1,247 units sold in the same month of last year. Apparently, this is the best digits that the electronic vehicle has posted since December 2015.

While it certainly is great to hear that the Leaf is gradually picking up, it seems that in the grand scheme of things, units sold for Nissan's flagship EV is still decreasing. Year-to-end sales for the Leaf sums up at 9,238 units, 32 percent lower than the first nine-month sales of 2015, which accounts to 13,630 units delivered.  

However, Nissan's sales increase still doesn't come close to beat its rival, the Chevy Volt Hybrid. According to Green Car Reports, Chevrolet reported that 2,031 Volt Hybrid units were sold last September, which equates to a 114 percent surge in deliveries as compared to its performance in 2015. As of today, the total number of Chevy Volt Hybrids sold has reached 105,076 units since its launching back in 2010.

Elsewhere, leading EV brand Tesla has posted a total of 24,500 electric cars sales for the third quarter with 15,800 Model S and 8,700 MX units delivered. This is seen as an increase from the company's performance last year and with such trend, it can be foreseen that Tesla will be able to meet its quota of 50,000 cars delivered.

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