• Aug 4, 2011
2011 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery

In late July, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan chief executive officer, reportedly stated that "with more than 10,100 electric Nissan Leaf vehicles already sold worldwide" the Japanese automaker is "clearly the global leader in zero emission mobility." However, since we were not on hand in Bejing, we could not verify that number.

Now, though, we have a confirmed number: 10,000. As in: global Nissan Leaf sales have officially cracked the 10,000-unit milestone. Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary told AutoblogGreen that sales of the Leaf, "crossed the 10,000 mark a couple weeks ago." Ascertaining an exact number is not possible at this time due to the Nissan's "summer holiday" shutdown in Japan, but Zachary says with 100 percent certainty, Leaf sales surpassed this important milestone.

When will we be able to officially report that 100,000 Leafs are charging down streets across the globe? Will it be in 2012? How 'bout 2013? We'd love to hear your guess in the comments below.



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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      probably wont reach 100k by end of 2012 but could be close. there will be a point of saturation where there are no more people in the world willing to be raped on the 33k$ price. maybe nissan will lower it to a more cost based level then
        Jim McL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Mr Frederiksen, I am curious how many miles you have done behind the wheel of a highway capable production EV? You self confidence is clear, may I inquire about your education? I would assume a 4 year engineering degree from the tone of your comments over the past several months.
      garylai
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the US, it's still only available in 5 states right now and deliveries are still limited by supply. Worldwide, it's available in only a few countries, with countries aside from US and Japan getting only a small number of cars so far. I think 2012 will see a rampup in production and we'll see 100,000 vehicles delivered by 2013. This is a compelling car. I'm speaking from experience (2,500 miles on my Leaf and growing, no problems or complaints so far). The only thing I can see dampening the sales rate of the Leafs right now is competition from other EVs.
      TimeBandit
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping to get a Leaf here in the Washington DC area. I was on waiting list for over a year. Finally got a green light and the Nissan dealer in Frederick Maryland wants $6000 over MSRP. Guess I'll get the deposit back and just continue waiting... *sigh*
        Jonathan S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TimeBandit
        That's very odd. I live in Tennessee and there were three dealerships close that I could work with, each of which quoted MSRP. I haggled quite a bit and the dealers said that price was pretty much set by Nissan. Remember that you actually have all the bargaining chips right now. Your dealer doesn't get X number of LEAFs to sell to the general public. Someone with a LEAF reservation must come to the dealer and place an order. Only then will a LEAF be delivered to the dealer. If a dealer is charging $6000 over MSRP then that dealer will get no LEAFs to sell, because no one (hopefully) will place an order. I agree with amtoro, send a quick email to nissan customer service and let them know of the massive markup. Nissan may step in.
          TimeBandit
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jonathan S
          I just got another quote from one in Hagerstown MD which is a bit closer to me than DC. This one is more in line with MSRP so I am more hopeful now.
        CR7
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TimeBandit
        The DC area will host a Nissan Leaf event this Friday / Saturday / Sunday. Takes place at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD. I was at the mall yesterday, and they had 14 Nissan Leafs lined up, ready for test drives. I know this doesn't handle your situation, TimeBandit, but it was exciting seeing so many Leafs.
        iris behr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TimeBandit
        Timebandit. If you went through the regular ordering channel it was up to YOU to select a dealer. In other words they were competing to be the dealer for the car YOU had reserved with Nissan. After a few calls i got a dealer to agree to $1000 below MSRP if i chose him. Keep calling around, or get on the mynissanleaf group. You should very soon be able to get one for MSRP as an orphan
        amtoro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TimeBandit
        Report them to Nissan, things like that should merit their LEAF certification to be taken away. (which Nissan can do) Try other dealerships, it may be worth it hiring a trailer to bring your car from far away if needed.
          TimeBandit
          • 3 Years Ago
          @amtoro
          Thanks. Not sure about the reporting thing. Its a free country. The cars are limited. They want to make as much as they can. Just glum about it, that's all. I will try other dealers.
        grantisgr8
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TimeBandit
        Are you serious? There are dozens of Nissan dealerships in the DC area. Just try another one. I'm sure you can get one for MSRP.
      Jim McL
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, so Nissan has moved 10,000 but I have no idea how many Renault has moved. Lets guess about the same? Add in Tesla, Think, maybe count the Volts if you think they count, would that be close to 30,000 highway capable EVs on the road by now? So it is getting close to how many NEVs will be sold this year, one estimate says 37,000: http://analysis.evupdate.com/industry-insight/nevs-growing-community-spirit So maybe the total count of EVs out there is getting close to 6 figures this year depending on how you look at it. Should see some economies of scale bringing prices down soon. But we are still 4 or 5 orders of magnitude away from piston vehicle quantities.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't give up. Keep trying and looking for dealers that are farther away. I got mine in CA for $1000 UNDER MSRP.
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