Nissan Leaf Sets Record Sales in March, Surpassing Chevrolet Volt image

Nissan said that March was Leaf’s best sales month ever after it sold 2,236 units, surpassing CEO Carlos Ghosn forecast of 1,900 units for last month.

This boost in sales was due to the cut in the model’s price, as March was the first full-month of sales for the $28,800 Leaf model, manufactured in the US. Leaf sales managed to surpass those of GM’s Chevrolet Volt, which sold 1,478 units, a decrease of 35.4% compared with the previous March. Year-to-date Volt sales increased 8.4%.

“Compared to last year, we’re much more stable in our month-to-month sales,” said Don Johnson, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet sales and service.

Another powerful player in the EV market was the Tesla Model S, which took the first place in the EV sales race for the entire first quarter, surpassing the Volt, Leaf and Toyota Prius plug-in. Tesla sold 4,750 high-end Model S vehicles, followed by the Volt with 4,244 units sold during the first three months of the year. During the first quarter Nissan sold 2,353 Prius plug-in vehicles.

Earlier this week Tesla announced it will give up its 40 kWh Model S sedan, due to lack of demand. The automaker is confident that customers are willing to pay more to be able to travel longer distances. From now, the smallest battery will be the longer-range 60 kWh one, with a range of 230 miles and a price of $62,400 after a $7,500 federal tax credit.