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The Chevrolet Volt continues to beat the Nissan Leaf in February 2013 sales

The talks of cold weather hurting electric vehicle driving range doesn’t seem to be having much impact on the sales of the Chevrolet Volt as the Volt once again comfortably outsold the Nissan Leaf in February 2013 – marking the second month in a row and the 12th time in the last 14 months where the electric Chevy was the top dog in American EV sales.

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf both posted positive year over year sales growth in February 2013 but as has been the case more often than not over the last year, General Motors’ extended range electric sedan handily beat the all-electric Nissan Leaf in monthly sales. Both EVs are doing better than they did through the first two months of 2012 but sales continue to be far better for the Volt – leading many to wonder if the extended range EVs will be the preferred choice of American buyers due to the simple fact that they cannot leave you stranded so long as you can find a gas station.

In February 2013, General Motors delivered 1,626 examples of the Chevrolet Volt which, interestingly, is the exact number of Volt sedans sold in the first two months of 2012. 1,626 electric Chevys sold in February accounts for a 58.9% increase in sales over the same month in 2012 while also being 42.6% better than the first month of 2013 when 1,140 Volts were sold. February sales were a bit lower than the average monthly tally through 2012 of 1,955 Volt sedans sold per month but with a month to month gain combined with a year over year gain – GM can’t be too unhappy with how the Volt is selling right now. The fact that the Volt also outsold the Nissan Leaf by a margin of almost 2.5 to 1 is likely to put a smile on a great many people working in the GM Renaissance Center as well. On the year, GM has sold 2,766 examples of the Chevrolet Volt – up 70.1% compared to the first two months of 2012 while also holding a huge early lead in electric vehicle segment sales.
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