The EV smackdown is about to begin, as Nissan and GM prepare to launch their competing but different EVs in the final quarter of this year. It promises to be quite a show, as both manufacturers have gambled huge sums on distinctly different approaches. The Leaf is a pure battery EV, with an optimum range of 100 miles, but which will easily shrink into some 60 miles under less than ideal conditions. GM’s Volt’s target EV range is forty miles, also subject to the same diminishing influences. Of course, it carries a security blanket gen-set along for the ride. But the first skirmish for the hearts , minds, hands and wallets of consumers has already been decided, in the Leaf’s favor.
The website gm-volt.com was set up three years ago to create a waiting list for prospective Volt buyers. During those unbroken years of Volt cheer leading (no, they’re not responsible for the Volt dance though), the site has tallied 51k prospective buyers to its list. Today, gm-volt reluctantly reveals that the Nissan’s Leaf public reservation list as of today has 115k hand raisers in the US signed up, in just a few months. And as of today, Nissan will be accepting $99 reservation deposits too. Among other things, it probably helps if you know what the car is actually going to be priced at.