Different EVs For Different Markets
One important distinction between the two cars is that they cater to two different markets – the Chevy Volt is very much a sporty commuter sedan, while the Nissan Leaf is the ideal ride for city driving. As such, the Nissan Leaf has an all-electric, emission-free range of 100 miles. Meanwhile the Chevy Volt has a somewhat limited 40 mile electric range, but makes up for that in spades with its gas powered generator, which adds a range of 300 miles to the car on longer journeys. The Volt is also aimed at the family market with the higher end price of $41,000 (roughly $33K after the federal tax rebate) while the Nissan Leaf is better for single communters with a cheaper price of $32,000 (roughly $25K after the federal tax rebate).
While the Nissan Leaf has seen massive initial sales in Japan (and has increased annual production from 50,000 units to 250,000 to cater to demand), GM is aiming to invest heavily into the Volt in order to sell more than 10,000 units during the first year of it entering the market. As you probably know, the Nissan Leaf was just released this weekend in the US, and the Chevy Volt just started shipping to dealers this morning!
So based on budget and what you’re looking for in an electric car, which one would you go for? The Chevy Volt or the Nissan Leaf?