In was late July when Carlos Ghosn, Nissan chief executive officer, 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."

Now, that number is over 15,000. That's the estimated number of Nissan Leafs sold worldwide since its initial debut in Japan and here in the States in late 2010, according to the Detroit Free Press. Officially, AutoblogGreen has tracked more than 13,620 Nissan Leafs sold across the globe, but with Japan's September sales results still unknown – and sales across most of Europe a question mark – 15,000-plus seems an accurate assumption.

To put that 15,000-unit number in perspective, cumulative sales of the Japan-only Toyota Prius hit approximately 3,000 units in its first year (1997), soared to 20,000 by the end of 1998 and topped 35,000 units by the close of 1999. Now a global vehicle, the Prius reached worldwide sales topping three million in March of 2011. To compare the Leaf to other plug-ins (albeit very different machines), the Tesla Roadster has sold roughly 1,800 units and the Chevy Volt is sitting at around 4,000 units sold.

Will the Nissan Leaf experience the same sales boom as the Prius? Or will the electric hatch someday fizzle? Drop us your thoughts in Comments below.


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      lawrencetheman
      • 1 Day Ago
      now what would happen if tesla releases a sub 30,000 car with a 200 mile range?
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @lawrencetheman
        Pigs would fly. I'd love for that to happen but it is not going to happen unless there is some miracle battery break-through.
      Sukairain
      • 1 Day Ago
      Im waiting for the Infiniti version :) Great job Nissan. Great job Ghosn!
      ronwagn
      • 1 Day Ago
      Right now this is the only EV I would consider, but I am hoping that plenty of early adopters will allow the price to come down.
      Smith Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      History is being made here. Next year at this time there will be tens of thousands more sold. A year from now there will be at least six major auto manufacturers mass producing EVs and plugin hybrids.
      Tweaker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loveday brings the Leaf love based on another reporters "assumption". Way to bring relevancy to journalism.
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      Much is made in these comments about future Leafs being better/cheaper. There will be none if the present model is not purchased. Witness the first Honda Insight of 70 mpg fame. They did it - we didn't buy it. It's gone. Would Honda now have a 100 mpg car if we'd ponied up for the Insight back in 2006? If you believe in pollution free driving, by a Leaf now, the rest of the industry is watching. They see sales growing, there will be even more offerings. You can always trade in your old Leaf on a new one if you think it's worth it two years from now. Don't try to justify the cost versus a Prius burning gas. Besides, if you have not driven a Leaf yet, I highly recommend it. It'll blow the doors off a Prius any day. Price wise, after tax credits it is as cheap as a bottom model Prius.
      Aaron Schwarz
      • 1 Day Ago
      Nissan to become the Apple of EV's...... win win win! This statement is a play on the fact that the latest iPhone 4S commercial has the driver driving a .... Nissan Leaf! I am sure the Siri voice command will work better in the nearly silent cabin of the Leaf! Goodwork Nissan!
      porosavuporo
      • 1 Day Ago
      ABG #fail again. Where are i-MiEV numbers ? They are close if not above Leaf
      jjmcavoy.law
      • 3 Years Ago
      May we suspend the hand wringing over market penetration until after we have a retail inventory? When you can walk into the average Nissan dealership and pay sticker price for immediate delivery, then lets talk about demand!
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        @jjmcavoy.law
        Absolutely. No one has any idea what the demand for the Leaf is yet. It will still be months before those with early reservations will be able to place orders in most of the country. Signed, John from Phila.PA. Reserved on 4/20/2010 and still hanging on.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @jjmcavoy.law
        They already sold far more cars than the nay-sayers said they would. Many people predicted that the Leaf would completely flop. It did not completely flop. I believe that the demand is quite limited . . . after all, it is expensive up front, it has a short range, and gas prices are still relatively cheap. But it does have some demand. And that demand will grow if they can move the price down and gas prices go up.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sales of the Leaf will depend on the price of gas. All car sales will depend on the economy and gainful employment. With economic times being what they are, the Leaf is off to a good start.
        Julius
        • 1 Day Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        I'd say it'll also depend on the price of electricity, especially if utility rates climb alot in post-Fukushima Japan...
          Spec
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Julius
          Electricity prices clearly matter but not nearly as much as gas prices. If gasoline and electricity prices were to go up at the same rate, the EV is the huge winner because the amount spent on electricity is so small to begin with that going up by X% is still relatively small. But gasoline going up by the same X% hits much harder.
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      Just for illustration. Let's say you are paying $2000/ year for gasoline or $500/year in electricity for an EV. If prices go up 20% evenly then you will be paying $400/year more each year for gasoline but you'll only pay an extra $100/ year in electricity. Thus, increase in fuel costs will hurt much more for that gas vehicle. The more expensive up-front EV price gives you a nice 'hedge' against fuel price increases.
      upstategreenie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope quality stays high in TN. news reported that TN has a full EV Charging array statewide. if that is true, it is very cool. I remember prius plant in tupelo, MS about to come online just as recession hit US head on. I hope this gets back on track as well...I hope US earns high quality standards and gets in the game. I also think competition is good and if any chinese or any other carmaker has EVs they should be allowed to compete here, just as we have, for years, forced GM and Ford products on China before they had any real contender in auto sector. now they have several 'real' car cos. geely, chery, BYD, etc.
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