This article will be updated monthly with sales of the Volt and Leaf.
No matter how much Liberals talk up electric cars and their future the fact is nobody really wants to actually own one. Chevrolet’s Volt sold a whopping 281 units in February 2011 and Nissan’s Leaf sold 67 copies. By comparison, Honda sells, on average, more than 5,500 Fits per month and Ford sold 23,111 Fusions.
For March Chevy moved 608 Volts and Nissan sold 298 Leafs.
For April Chevy moved 493 Volts and Nissan sold 573 Leafs.
For May Chevy moved 481 Volts and Nissan sold 1,142 Leafs.
For June Chevy moved 561 Volts and Nissan sold 1,708 Leafs.
For July Chevy moved 125 Volts and Nissan sold 931 Leafs.
For August Chevy moved 302 Volts and Nissan sold 1,362 Leafs.
For September Chevy moved 723 Volts and Nissan sold 1,302 Leafs.
For October Chevy moved 1,108 Volts and Nissan sold 849 Leafs.
For November Chevy moved 1,139 Volts and Nissan sold 672 Leafs.
Obligatory Excel graph of sales:
Now is about the time where a Liberal would tell you that the American consumer “doesn’t understand” why they need a Volt or Leaf or how Americans can’t make “intelligent decisions” about which cars they buy. Environmentalists will chime in saying how Americans “misunderstand” the technology behind the Volt and the Leaf. President Obama will tell how how those two cars are the “future.”
Chevrolet, which initially planned on making 60,000 Volts [Correction: 10,000-15,000 was the initial number] has revised their production numbers to only 10,000 but, at the rate they’re selling, that’s still 50% optimistic.
With all of the billions of dollars the government pumped into Chevrolet, is it really a surprise that car is such a failure? “Yes we can” has really become a catchphrase for “We won’t succeed” because whenever the best and brightest minds of government get together you never know how far down the ladder of failure you will fall.
The sad reality of it all is that the electric car was killed by the gasoline car nearly a century ago and it should have stayed dead. Nissan was so concerned before the Leaf came out that they were actually training their sales people to dissuade potential customers from buying one because the fear was the car wouldn’t fit their lifestyle.
To own an electric car you cannot be poor living paycheck to paycheck because gas prices are eating your monthly budget alive. Electric cars are meant to “combat” high fuel prices because they apparently only cost pennies per mile to charge. Of course, you need to have a place to plug in your car every night and most poor people don’t have that. So you have to possess a certain income in order to be able to save money on “fuel.” And people with this type of income don’t want to own a glamorized golf cart that can simply stop running because you’ve driven more than 60 miles.
Electric cars don’t make sense economically because cheaper and better gasoline and diesel vehicles exist which can let you drive to distant places 30 miles away and back. But a bunch of bureaucrats with slide rules and political agendas kicking back in conference rooms with lattes don’t care about things such as real world needs.
They want to fit their square ideas into the round hole of life and they think if they just throw your taxpayer dollars at the situation somehow things will fit together.
The wonderful thing about a free market economy is that if a great enough need exists, someone will try and make a buck filling that desire.
Who thought people wanted a Salad Shooter or a Bedazzler? Apparently enough people had that itch or we wouldn’t be seeing these advertisements on television.
Greeners will tell us to wait… the electric car is the future. They will tell us we are ignorant for choosing gasoline-powered vehicles instead of their vision of what should be the “right” choice. The government will continue to “invest” our money in a failing venture and Americans will continue to turn their backs on an undesirable product.
What the Volt, Leaf, and Liberals have in common, however, is the high cost of stupidity.
One thing that has to make you laugh about these cars is the absurdly stupid micro-marketing going on with them. Nissan has announced they will launch an electric sports car and here is their target demographic… his name is “Daniel” and he lives in Barcelona, Spain (he sounds to be a bit of a wanker):
Daniel, an ESFLOW owner, works in tech, but lives for the weekend. On Friday night after work, he gets behind the wheels of his ESFLOW which instantly links with his pocket PDA and determines the fastest route to his girlfriend’s home. Finding street side parking is a synch as the ESFLOW’s compact dimensions allow it to slip in to the narrowest of spaces. On Saturday he drives to a popular club to exhibit his DJ skills and his friends are impressed by his cool EV sports car.
On Sunday he drives through the mountains for leisure. ESFLOW’s superb weight distribution and unobstructed view ahead enables him to effortlessly nail every apex, every time. His descent from the mountains is more relaxed and he allows the ESFLOW to overrun on the long sweeping curves, turning the potential energy he and the car gained climbing up the gradients back in to electrical energy he can use once he hits the roads around Barcelona.
As his ESFLOW sips energy in its garage Daniel prepares himself for the week ahead, batteries fully recharged.
Which one is dumber… “Daniel” or the PR piece written about him..?