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As sales begin, GM reports 326 Volts delivered in US in December, Nissan 19 LEAFs

GM reported the delivery of 326 Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicles in the US in December, while Nissan reported 19 battery-electric LEAFs.

Each manufacturer began delivery of their high-profile electric-drive vehicles during the month, with sales expected to ramp during the coming year.

Overall, GM reported 223,932 total sales in December, a 15.5% increase by volume from a year ago for the company’s four brands. Retail sales were 27% higher than a strong December a year ago. For the calendar year, total sales for GM’s four brands increased 21.3% by volume to 2,202,927, while retail sales rose 16% for the year. GM’s four brands sold 118,435 more vehicles in 2010 than the company did with eight brands in 2009, and will gain total and retail market share for the year.

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) reported record December US sales of 93,730 units versus 73,404 units a year earlier, an increase of 27.7%. For 2010, NNA full-year sales finished up 18%, at 908,570 units.

Comments

Reel$$

Looks like the Street projection for GM stock to hit 44 at 2011 end is well on track. This would return a significant profit to the US Treasury and the American taxpayer for their bailout effort.

And to make things more interesting - Ford is poised to announce their ELECTRIC FOCUS on Friday at CES. Looks like the future of automobile transportation is indeed electric.

All it took was dedication and courage.

SJC

If gasoline goes to $4 per gallon again and remains high, those that bought electrified cars getting better mileage will be smiling every time they pass a gasoline fueling station.

Reel$$

From comments here on GCC it appears that $4.00 gasoline is expected by year end. You're right SJC, EV drivers already are smiling as they pass by gas stations. I know I did when I test drove the Tesla!

TM

$100,000 buys a lot of gasoline.
If the ~10 million cars sold in the US were all Tesla Roadsters, it would cost 1 trillion dollars to buy all those cars. to replace the ~100 million cars on the road, that would be 10 trillion dollars.

When you can buy an electric car for $20,000, then it will be mainstream. Then it would only cost 2 trillion to replace the 100 million cars on the road over a 10 yr period or so.

not too high a price tag for the US treasury. Actually the gradual pace of battery improvement and price drop will result in the ramp of electric market share. It will be nice to be able to roll down your windows and not have to smell someone burning oil in front of you, or a truck spewing dirty diesel into your face.


danm

The price of EVs will plummet in a few yrs.
High gas prices will push people to EVs but a fuel shortage would make it a stampede.
Having to wait in line for hours to get only 5 gallons...it can happen again.

Herm

"Having to wait in line for hours to get only 5 gallons...it can happen again."

Thats your family's weekly allotment, just have one of your kids wait with the car in the line.. make sure he pushes the car as the line advances and not to mess with the radio. Luckily your car gets in excess of 60mpg when you limit speed to 45mph. There are cars in the market that get 100mpg and you envy those..

SJC

Each new true FFV Open Fuel Standard car would only cost $200 per unit and put tens of millions of them on the road in only a few years. With that many customers, an alternative fuels industry would be a profitable business.

Reel$$

Provided the oil influenced Congress allows a sustainable alcohol/biofuel industry to grow. They should, considering the positive impact on national security alone. Not to mention cutting the $450 BILLION annually sent to foreign oil cartels.

HarveyD

About $92B/year (or about 20%) goes to Canada (number one supplier) for treated crude from tar sands. That percentage is growing fast as more and more tar sands production comes on line and crude price stays high enough. It could reach 30+% of USA's import within 5 to 7 years and as more investment is done in Alberta.

HarveyD

The ratio (Volts to Leafs) may be reversed by end of current month. By mid-2011 there could be 2x to 3x as many Leaf as Volt sold.

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