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USA: August Plug-In Electric Car Sales: Volt Surges, Leaf Static

While car sales often lag during August, when family vacations take priority, the Chevrolet Volt proved an exception to the rule last month.

During August, 2,831 of Chevy’s range-extended electric car found buyers–along with 685 Nissan Leaf battery electric cars.

The third high-volume plug-in car on sale in the U.S. is the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, for which sales will be reported later today.

Following a grim year of adverse press, the Volt seems to be finding its stride. Last month, 1,849 Volts were sold, and this month’s sales bring the Volt’s 2012 total to 13,497.

GM still plans to suspend Volt production at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to match supply to sales, and add tooling to assemble the 2014 Chevrolet Impala there.

But at least for the moment, it appears that Volt sales have surged to new heights. This month’s total of 2,831 is the highest-ever monthly volume for the Volt since it went on sale In December 2010.

The Nissan Leaf, on the other hand, seems stuck around sales levels of 500 to 750 a month. August deliveries rose substantially versus a July total of 395, but total year-to-date sales of 4,228 are just one-third of the Volt total.


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