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Chevy and Nissan Release EV Sales Numbers

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On: Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 6:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy and Nissan Release EV Sales Numbers

After more than a year of hype, the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf finally hit the market last month. And this week, the first-month sales numbers for the respective vehicles are out. As you'd probably expect, the numbers aren't exactly staggering, with less than a month on the market, but they do represent the first numbers for mass-produced EVs.

According to GM's numbers, 326 Volts have been shipped to customers from its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. GM plans to boost production for the new year and intends to get 25,000 Volts out of the plant by the end of 2011.

Nissan, on the other hand, shipped under two dozen Leafs with a mere 19 making it to U.S. dealers. While this may seem odd since the Leaf actually made it to market before the Volt, the Leaf has a much longer journey, as it travels over the Pacific from Japan. Nissan plans to deliver 15,000 Leafs in the U.S. by the end of 2011, and 25,000 worldwide. Nissan is working on moving some Leaf production to the States at a new plant in Smyrna, Tennesse, but that plant is not scheduled to open until 2012.

Both Nissan and GM have sold out of their first-year production run.

The Leaf and the Volt have a ways to go before reaching the green leader, Toyota Prius. Toyota reported sales of 15,253 Prius models in December, a 37 percent increase from December of 2009.

Nissan Leaf sales commenced in the San Francisco Bay area, when tech entrepreneur Olivier Chalouhi drove the very first Leaf off the lot on December 11. The first Volt was sold at an auction that ended on December 14. The $225,000 bid by car dealer and collector Rick Hendrick benefited the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, along with the Hyundai Sonata, are the three finalists for the North American Car of the Year award. That award will be handed out next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

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gene smith | 3:46PM (Tue, Jan 18, 2011)

what is the base price for these units ?

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