The Nissan LEAF has just set a new electric car sales record, yet again — this time for the most US electric vehicles sold in the period of a single calendar year. The new record eclipses the one set in 2013 — also by the Nissan LEAF — of 22,610 units sold.
Given that there are still two months left before the end of the year. Perhaps we should say that the old record has been obliterated, not just broken. That might be more appropriate.
“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50% through September,” stated Brendan Jones, the director of Nissan EV Sales and Infrastructure. “Since the initial launch in 2010 our primary goal is to bring electric vehicles to the mass market in a practical and fun-to-drive package, and we continue to deliver electric cars to more new buyers than anyone else.”
Altogether, LEAF sales have risen more than 36% in 2014 — as of September, compared to the same period in 2013. And more than 142,000 LEAFs have been sold worldwide since the launch — of that, 64,000 of the sales were in the US. Which leaves the LEAF as the more-or-less undisputed worldwide leader of the EV market (at least as far as sales go).
“Nissan LEAF owners are eager to share their enthusiasm with neighbors, friends and family, and that passion makes them some of our best salespeople,” continued Jones. “We’ve seen a ‘cul-de-sac’ effect where the first LEAF owner in the neighborhood becomes the community champion for electric cars, educating neighbors on the benefits of going electric, even sometimes handing the keys over for a test drive.”
With the impressive capabilities that the LEAF possesses (and the “affordable” price tag) it seems likely that sales will continue rising quite substantially into the coming years.
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