Prius Plug-In outsells Volt, Leaf, in April

May 3, 2012 12:00 AM

The Prius Plug-In only recently debuted, but the new fully-electric vehicle has already challenged the original two EVs - the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf.

The Leaf and Volt had the electric market all to themselves for some time, but now other automakers are beginning to get into the game. Toyota's Prius Plug-In already seems like a winner right out of the gate. Banking on the Japanese automaker's instantly recognizable Prius branding, the Plug-In outsold both the Volt and Leaf in April, according to a report by Autoblog.

While the Volt and Leaf sold 1,462 and 370 cars respectively in April, the Prius beat them both with a total of 1,654 vehicles sold. Toyota also seems to be a bit more realistic about electric potential than its competitors. Unlike General Motors' initial sales projections for the Volt, which the model fell well short of in its first year, the automaker plans to sell only between 16,000 and 17,000 models in 2012, a pace that the car is reportedly keeping up with so far.

Drivers considering an electric vehicle may want to consider trading in their old gas guzzler. Taking care of a nagging car repair can help drivers improve the value of their vehicle and put more money toward a new car.

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