Leaf sales have been relatively strong since it was first introduced with numbers peaking in 2014, but according to Good Car Bad Car the Bolt made short work in overtaking the Leaf last month.
In December, only 579 Bolts were sold and that’s largely due to its rollout schedule. Leaf was still ahead at that point with three times the sales at 1899 units, but last month Bolt sales doubled to 1162 units while Leaf lagged behind in the triple digits.
No surprise considering the Bolt is GM’s first mass produced electric vehicle as well as the first affordable electric vehicle with a 200+ mile range on a single charge. The first models were only delivered to two states and those sales numbers will continue to rise every month as the rollout continues.
As for the Volt, its overall sales caught up and surpassed that of the Leaf and the model continued to outsell the Nissan EV last month.
If Nissan wants to take the lead in sales again, the manufacturer will need update the Leaf. This was something Nissan hinted at last year, that the next-gen Leaf will have a 60-kWh battery pack for an electric range of 210-220 miles.
Time will tell if the Nissan Leaf will recover in sales, in the meantime Chevy may meet their 30,000 Bolt sales goal if the upward trend continues.