Chevy sells most number of Volts ever in March 2012, Nissan LEAF sales remain steady

Next time Bob Lutz defends the Volt you better listen and not argue back.

In March 2012, Chevrolet sold a total of 2,289 Volt units, up from 1,023 in February and 608 in March 2011. The figure also tops the previous high-sales mark set by the Volt in Dec. 2011 at 800 units.

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Nissan ended up selling only 579 units of the all-electric LEAF in March 2012, up from 478 units in February and 298 in March 2011. Nissan LEAF’s best month was in June 2011 where the company sold 1,708 units.

The Chevrolet Volt also outsold the Nissan LEAF in Feb. 2012.

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 Refresher: The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is powered by 16-kWh, ‘T’-shaped lithium-ion battery that powers the electric drive unit, which allows it to drive 40 miles on battery power alone. The system puts out 149-hp and a maximum torque of 273 lb-ft, allowing the Volt to go from 0-60 mph in about 9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 100 mph. The battery can be re-charged by plugging into a household outlet and takes 4 hours to recharge on 240 volts, and about 10-12 hours on a standard 120-volt outlet. The Chevrolet Volt also carries an 84-hp 1.4 4-clyinder engine that allows the five-door, FWD sedan to travel additional miles while averaging a fuel-economy of 50 mpg. A fully charged battery and full tank of gas will allow the Volt to travel 379   miles. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt gets an EPA estimated 93 miles per ’gallon-equivalent’ when driving under electric power only, 37 mpg when in gasoline mode and over the long term it is estimated to get 60 miles per gallon in combined gasoline-powered and electric-powered driving. Prices for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt start at $39,995 but with a full federal income tax credit (which range from $0 to $7,500), the Volt can cost a total of $32,495.

– By: Omar Rana