General Motors’ dedicated plug-in hybrid has achieved 3,987 sales in the first three months of the year, representing a 113-percent jump over the same period in 2015. The surge can be attributed to the second-generation’s initial arrival late last year and its more recent expansion to showrooms across the country.
The Nissan Leaf, meanwhile, has tallied just 2,931 deliveries through the end of March. Sales have fallen by more than 28 percent since last year, despite the arrival of an optional 30-kWh battery for the 2016 model.
Tracking sales back to initial market arrival of both models in 2010, the Chevy Volt has reached 92,737 units and the Leaf has counted 92,522 deliveries, as Autoblog points out.
Although the Volt only leads by a few hundred units, the second-generation model appears to be carrying more momentum to widen the gap. The Leaf could regain its lead once a next-generation model arrives with a much larger battery, however launch timing for a significant redesign remains unclear.