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Pure Electric or Plug-In Hybrid: Which Is Best?

DETROIT – In the early months of sales of General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf electric car, an interesting horserace analysis ensued over which company would truly live up to the hype.

No longer. GM’s Volt is averaging around 1,700 sales a month and has 8,817 at the halfway point of 2012. The Leaf has 3,148 in the same period, topping out at just over 500 a month on average – below its 2011 total. As recently as a few weeks ago, a Nissan executive said the company still expects to sell 20,000 Leafs this year. That will take a fairly major surge in the second half.

While there aren’t many models to compare against one another, it appears the plug-in hybrid models are getting more traction than the pure electrics, albeit at still low volumes.

GM is getting a boost this year in Volt sales from California, where the car is now certified to allow drivers to access the “high-occupancy vehicle” lane even with a lone driver. It didn’t initially have that designation. California accounts for one in 10 of all auto sales and an even higher percentage of sales of alternative energy vehicles.

“Certainly having a Volt that is eligible for HOV lanes in California is a huge win for us and about 1 in 5 Volt sales are in California,” said Jim Cain, a GM spokesman.


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