PHOTO CAPTION: 1,849 Chevy Volts were sold in July 2012, for year-to-date total of 10,666 units.

Chevy Volt Dominates E-Car Market with 60% of July Sales

Sales of Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius PHV dipped in July to 395 and 688 vehicles respectively.

Published: 17-Aug-2012

In our inaugural "Electric Vehicle Dashboard" report for July, total electric-vehicle sales have exceeded 20,000 in the U.S. year-to-date, on pace to reach our estimate for 50,000 in 2012.

The General Motors (ticker: GM) Volt continues to dominate the market as [ Nissan's (NSANY)] Leaf and [ Toyota Motor's (TM)] Prius plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales dipped.

With its first 29 Model S delivered, Tesla Motors (TSLA) is off to a slow start but targets a rapid "S curve" adoption in the fourth quarter to meet its 5,000 target.


Chevrolet Volt battery pack is liquid cooled.

According to anonymous source, crystalized coolant allowed damaged cells to short circuit.

Chevrolet Volt structures would be made more crash resistant, despite already enjoying 5-star safety rating.

Proposed fixes include reinforcing battery back, strength body against side impacts and laminating circuitry.

Vauxhall Ampera is manufactured in Detroit.

Ampera uses similar platform and battery system used in the Chevrolet Volt.


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