The Chevy Volt hybrid May sales were 1680 up from 1462 in April. The forecast annual sales of 45,000 seem to be a stretch with only 7057 Volts sold year-to-date. A little arithmetic says that about 38,000 Volts need to be sold in the remaining 7 months of 2012.
The Nissan Leaf sales of 510 in May were up slightly over the 370 sold in May. Year-to-date leaf sales are 2613. The Nisan people maintain that they will sell 20,000 Leafs in 2012. But the still under construction Smyrna, Tennessee plant, said to be capable of making 150,000 Leafs annually, is not scheduled to startup until late this year. Until then, Nissan will supply the market from Japan.
Underperforming would seem to be the proper word for hybrid and EV sales in the US. High gas prices and still the sales are anemic. One more example of Obama’s costly green energy plan not living up to his overblown promises.
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