February Plug-In Car Sales Rise: Leaf Drops, Volt Soars

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to John Voelcker.

U.S. vehicle sales soared in February, and so did sales of plug-in cars.

A drop in the number of all-electric Nissan Leaf sales was more than offset by a rise in sales of the range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt.

image via GM

At least 1,500 plug-in cars were sold last month, with totals for the Mitsubishi ‘i’ and Ford Focus Electric not yet released.

Nissan sold 478 Leaf models in February, a 29-percent decline from the 676 it sold in January.

That brings Leaf sales this year to 1,154, and total Leaf sales since December 2010 to 10,847.

The Leaf is being rolled out nationwide this year, with orders opening up in new states for deliveries by this summer.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volt range-extended electric hatchbacks in February, a significant 70-percent boost over the January figure of 603.

In California, the country’s prime market for plug-in electric vehicles, Volt sales may have been helped byspecial offers on early 2012 models not eligible for the coveted “green sticker” that permits single-occupant access to High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

Eligible 2012 Volt models went on sale in California this week.

Total Volts sold in the U.S. since the car was launched in December 2010 now total 9,623.

Including Tesla Roadsters, sales of which are not reported monthly, more than 21,800 modern plug-in cars have been sold in the U.S. since 2008.

[UPDATE: There were also 44 Mitsubishi ‘i’ electric minicars sold and, rather to our suprise, even 7 Prius Plug-In Hybrids found buyers on the last day or two of the month–some of the very earliest of that model to land at the first Southern California dealers closest to the ports.]

Next month, we expect to see much higher sales numbers for the latest plug-in vehicle to join the sales charts: the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, first models of which arrived at California dealers early this week.


  • Reply March 2, 2012


    GM (Obama) estimate 5,000 volts/month – 2012 Jan & Feb about 2,500 total, e.g. about 2 weeks’worth vs. 8 week’s estimate of 10,000. Nobody really wants what GM (Obama) is trying to peddle.

  • Reply March 3, 2012

    earl hickey

    so why has GM suspended production of the Volt? 

  • Reply March 5, 2012


    VERY CONFUSING!  This morning was pretty much gloom and doom on major news sourced discussing the electric car.  A radio talk show was even worse: pointing out electric car sales in history- failure after failure.  Details about pollution charging or building or lack of distance with EVs.  This article makes the EV field look rosy!  In California $4.00 gas is a past memory, but I have seen 2 Volts and 1 Leaf in my California town recently.  Same time: thousands and thousands of gas powered cars.

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