April sales of the Chevy Volt slid from the recording-breaking level registered in March yet continued to run much higher than last year, General Motors said today. Meanwhile, Nissan’s Leaf struggled but the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid powered ahead.
GM reported [PDF] delivering 1,462 Volts in April, down from the stunning 2,289 March deliveries. But the April number nevertheless widened the year-over-year sales gap for the Volt: In the first four months this year, GM delivered 5,377 units of the groundbreaking—and, to some degree, controversial—vehicle, compared to 1,703 in the same period in 2011.
In a statement, GM characterized Volt sales as “strong nationally but limited by availability of vehicles in California, where GM is launching a model that qualifies for high-occupancy vehicle lane access.”
Sales elsewhere on the green-car front were mixed.
Nissan said [DOC] it moved just 370 Leafs in April, down from 579 in March and its weakest report in the past year.
Meanwhile, humming along quite nicely in the background was Toyota’s new Prius Plug-In Hybrid. According to Green Car Reports, it hit sales of 1,654 in April, bringing its total to 2,552 since it was released in late February.