Despite a rocky start, sales of the Chevrolet Volt rose to 30,090 units in 2012, making it the top selling plug-in vehicle on the market.
The just-released global sales figures put the Volt ahead of both the Prius plug-in hybrid, which sold 27,181 in its first year on sale, as well as the Leaf, which slumped to just 25,435 units.
Sales of the Leaf have fallen well-short of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s expectations, with his company’s electric car selling only half as many units as forecasted. It did, however, reach a milestone this year, being the first electric car to sell 50,000 units.
Regardless of who is winning the race, the green car movement appears to be the real winner here, with sales of plug-in vehicles more than doubling last year. That number is expected to grow further according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which estimates total sales of all electric and plug-in vehicles to grow a dramatic 89 percent this year to 225,000 units.
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Surprising news from the report puts the US in the lead when it comes to adopting plug-in vehicles. The world’s second largest car market (after China), accounts for almost half of all plug-in cars (46%) sold last year. Europe and Japan tied for second with 23 percent each.
For 2013 Nissan has updated the Leaf with a longer range and lower price tag, while Chevrolet improved the Volt with a new all-electric range of 38 miles.