Nissan Leaf Unlikely to Reach 20,000 Target for the Year image

Analysts believe that the Nissan Leaf won’t hit the automaker’s sales target of 20, 000 by the end of the year.

Although sales for the Leaf were up in July, during August the automaker struggled to sell 685 Leafs, a 50% decrease from the same period last year. From January to August, Nissan sold 4,228 units, a decrease of 31.5%. To meet its target of 20,000 units by the end of the year, Nissan would have to sell 4,000 Leafs in the following months, which is practically impossible as the automaker doesn’t even have this supply in the US.

On the contrary, GM’s Chevrolet Volt had its all-time best month with 2,831 units sold, up 800% from 405 units sold in August 2011 and over 1,849 units sold in July. From January to August GM sold 13,497 Volts, an increase of 325.5% from the same period last year. Toyota announced it sold 1,047 plug-in electric Prius vehicles last month and 6,082 units for the year. The automaker is currently offering previews of its RAV4 EV that will go on sale this autumn.

“We had a significant increase in LEAF sales in August over the prior months and we are moving in the right direction. Our actions to widen availability for LEAF are moving us closer to meeting our high expectations for the vehicle,” said Nissan spokesman David Reuter.