Nissan reported sales of 573 LEAF electric cars in April, up from 298, while General Motors sold 493 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, down from 608 sold in March.
GM says this is because it sent 300 Volts to dealers as test vehicles in a move to gain exposure for the vehicle and to boost brand perception.
In all, GM has sold 1,703 Chevrolet Volts in 2011 or 2,029 units since launching late last year. Meanwhile, Nissan, its fiercest electric car competitor, has sold total of 1,044 LEAFs in the United States since its December launch.
The Nissan LEAF has a $32,780 base price while the Chevrolet Volt starts at $41,000. Both cars also are eligible for a federal tax credit that will cut their prices by $7,500.
[Source: Nissan, GM]