The top two electric car models in the US each suffered a significant drop in sales last month.
The Volt managed only 125 units, the Leaf fared a little better at 931. In June the Volt sold over 500 units, the Leaf over 1700. Sales were so disappointing that for the first time this year, neither manufacturer mentioned their EV in the monthly sales press releases.
Nissan has been busy with marketing Leaf. Last month they delivered the first one to Canada, though there’s no mention of whether it comes with the Gaia-stomping battery-warmer option. Nissan is a little miffed at UK car show Top Gear for showing their Leaf running out of juice on a road trip and requiring a 13-hour recharge.
Maybe that’s part of the reason UK EV sales seem to have stalled.
This month, Nissan is trying to undo the PR damage they delivered to their eco-car with the monster diesel rescue trucks by announcing solar chargers for the Leaf. Which is a great option for night-shift workers who live just around the corner from their place of work and never need to use the car during the day.
A little more than halfway into the year, it’s a fair guess that Nissan will not be selling half a million EV’s by the end of next year. It’s also a fair guess that the over-priced, under-performing Volt is done. Unless GE can buy them all, that is.