Nissan reported that sales of its electric LEAF checked in at only 535 units in June 2012, compared to 510 units in May 2012; 370 units in April; and 579 units in March 2012. That's approximately one-third the 1,708 LEAFs sold in June 2011. Nissan's low volume of LEAF sales over the past handful of months is perplexing, especially considering how the automaker insists that US sales will hit 20,000 units by the end of Fiscal Year 2012 (March 31, 2013). If trends continue, Nissan's LEAF-manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee—expected to come online in December—could operate way below its capacity of 150,000 units annually.
Sales of the Chevy Volt increased a bit with General Motors reporting it sold 1,760 units in July 2012, compared to 1,680 units in May; 1,462 units in April; and a record-setting 2,289 units in March 2012.