281 and 67. Those are how many Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs sold in February. These numbers are lower than January’s 321 and 87. Despite fanfare, huge investment and tax credits, the sales aren’t exactly electric, or as one witty observer put it, Nissan is having trouble turning over a new Leaf.
Both of these vehicles are being sold by large auto manufacturers with a wide range of other cars to sell, hopefully at a profit, so what does that say about electric motorcycle manufacturers like Zero, Brammo and Mission Motors who are dedicated to electrics? How well are those selling?
Electric vehicles, whether car, truck or motorcycle, may be a niche vehicle for a long time to come, perhaps fine in a city environment where distance and speed is not so great and recharging locations are abundant. But as a general purpose vehicle, they aren’t there yet.
Is this another example of all of those “You build it and I’ll buy it” folks coming up missing when it’s time to write the check? That’s not good when a manufacturer spends real money producing real products now sitting unsold. Interesting.