Electric sales battle: Leaf 573 units, Volt at 493 units in April image

Nissan’s plug-in electric car, the Leaf, outsold General Motors’ Volt electric car for the first time in April.

Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle posted sales of 573 units, for a total of 1,044 units in the United States since its December launch.
The plug-in Volt chalked up 493 deliveries in April, although GM notes deliveries were hampered in part due to the production of demonstrator cars for its dealer network.

Compared to March’s results, which had Leaf sales at 298 and Volt sales at 608, Nissan’s electric hatch has gained some ground, while Chevy’s plug-in lost some traction.

In addition to the strong sales numbers, shares of GM got a boost from an upgrade at UBS. The firm raised its rating on GM from Neutral to Buy, saying the company will be the biggest beneficiary of the upcoming Japan-related inventory shortages. UBS raised its price target on GM to $42.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently ranked the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt among its top safety picks for front, side, rear and rollover crash protection.