August sales are out for the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt.
It’s no longer even a real competition as the Leaf is beating the Volt more than 4 to 1. Chevy moved 302 Volts, Nissan sold 1362 Leafs. Nissan looks good by comparison to Chevy, but the number is still far short of their goal to sell half-a-million EV’s a year by 2013.
Interest in buying the $39,995 plug-in car is starting to taper off, not only among “early adopters” but among lots of other buyers, as well, reports CNW Marketing Research, which tracks such things. That’s interesting, considering that the Volt has some of the hottest technology going, such as the ability to go 25 miles or more without using any gas and having a backup gas engine on board for unlimited range.
The big problem — no surprise here — is price. It’s cited by both the early adopters and the EV enthusiasts as a stumbling block.
The other problem GM has is the way it treats its customers. The car giant is trying to weasel out of an expensive warranty liability for the troubled Impala, saying it’s now a different company to the one that made the Impala. Therefore, customers are SOL when it comes to their warranty. In light of that, how much do you suppose the few remaining car buyers in America feel about trusting GM to a) make a reliable product, and b) honor the warranty?