Bolt Sales Rise from the Curb to Kick LEAF Back Down the Line
In February and March, Nissan got to put its smug face on whenever electric vehicles were brought up, because sales of its LEAF, an aging model on the cusp of a redesign, beat out sales of Chevrolet’s bright and shiny new Bolt, which only started deliveries in December—in February, the LEAF pulled in 1,037 sales to the Bolt’s 952, and in March the gap was much larger with the LEAF selling 1,478 units and the Bolt only selling 978.
Now, though, Chevrolet and the Bolt is the one who can make catty comments without fear of reprisal, because last month the Bolt sold 1,292 units to the LEAF’s 1,063.
Part of this may be due to the Bolt’s continued nationwide rollout, which as of this month sees the Bolt go on sale in Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Colorado, in addition to the states which already have it. Also, according to General Motors, the delivery downturn in the past two months is due to lack of available inventory, which as problems go is better than just not being popular, but still not good.
Then again, now that the inventory is back up, it doesn’t seem that encouraging that the Bolt is selling only a little more than it did in January, when it was only sold in California and Oregon. On the other hand, this does represent a new high for its sales, and barriers to its popularity like limited infrastructure are gradually disappearing.
Here’s hoping that its sales are looking better by the time it finally arrives nationwide in September (although at that point, it’s likely to have been upgraded to the 2018 model year).
News Source: Inside EVs