General Motors’ First Mass Produced Electric Car Outpaces Nissan Leaf Sales

Feb 04, 2017 10:10 PM EST | Joyce Vega

Electric cars are getting popular year after year, which is why car manufacturers are doing everything to stay on top of the market and keep up with the increasing demand. With new models, range efficiency, higher speed and luxury, they try to grab the largest piece of the electric car market. The increased sales of both Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Volt prove just that.

According to Auto Blog, General Motor’s first mass-produced electric vehicle outpaces Nissan Leaf sales. In January, Chevy Bolt EV sold to 1,162 buyers while Nissan Leaf sold 772 vehicles. Chevy Volt sold 1,611 which is 62 percent more from a year earlier in the same month.

Over the past six years, Chevy Volt continues to grow its lead over Nissan for American plug-in vehicles, as buyers see that the Leaf is in dire need of some updating. Nissan Executive hinted that the next generation will have a single-charge range of more than 200 miles, but they have been silent on when exactly the updated model will launch. The Bold can go as far as 238 miles on a charge or more than double the Leaf’s current charged range.

Electrek reported that General Motors had delivered about 30,000 Chevy Bolt EV units per year, but it will need to double its delivery date if they want to meet their goal of catching up with the Chevy Volt. So far, most of the Bolt EVs were delivered in California and Oregon, but the company has started with deliveries in Canada as well. European deliveries will happen under Opel brand during the second half of the year according to the automaker. The price for the Chevy Bolt EV starts at $37,500 but some dealerships in California have been bumping the price for up to $5,000 because of the quick sales.

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