We'll it ain't quite 50,000, but they're getting there

Nissan says it has sold 42,700 all-electric Leafs worldwide and won't slow down its efforts to broaden sales of zero-emission cars. That's what Plug In Cars reports, citing Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga, who also said that Japan accounts for 19,000 of all those Leafs.

The Japanese automaker is looking to boost Leaf sales and, late last month, unveiled its first global ad campaign. Nissan pitched features such as being able to use the car as a back-up power supply for homes in addition to the no-pollution, no-gas angle.

US Leaf sales, lagging for much of this year, perked up recently. Last month, Nissan sold 1,579 Leafs here, a 76-percent jump from October 2011, in what became the second-best sales month ever in the US.


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      garylai
      • 1 Day Ago
      I know I've posted this in the past, but the Leaf is really a great car. It drives great, is super quiet, and so far mine has been completely maintenance free after 18,000 miles and counting. Yes, it's primarily for around town or commuting ideally 50-60 miles per day or less between charges, but lots of people have the need for such a car. If you live where it's hot, then lease it. If you live in the northern part of the US, do not hesitate to buy it. The deals are great right now, and the electricity cost is like paying $1 per gallon for gas.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Day Ago
        @garylai
        I'm very glad you are pleased with your car. However I think people should be cautious about your advice to buy as opposed to leasing. Nissan rate the battery at 60,000 miles on the lenient NEDC cycle down to 80% capacity, and have confirmed that they currently have no plans let alone costs to provide a replacement battery. On the more realistic for most EPA cycle that comes out to around 45,000 miles. It seems that by Nissan's own reckoning depreciation may well be something fierce, so for those who can't afford to chuck money away leasing would seem much the more sensible option, with excellent lease terms being available. I can't see any reason why anyone would touch this with a barge pole in hot climates, not even on a lease. The guarantee covers against defective workmanship, and as long as the battery makes the wheels revolve gives you no guarantee at all on range. There are also specific cautions against leaving the car in a hot place continually, which if you live in Phoenix and haven't got an air conditioned garage would be difficult. Nissan also make it clear that the car should not be routinely fully charged, further reducing normal range. I think your enthusiasm for the car and the technology has led to to give some very poor purchasing advice.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          @krona: Yeah, the facts don't change, however inconvenient to your prejudices. Perhaps the big brains who think that it is a great idea to buy a Leaf, and more importantly since they can lose their own money however they happen to feel like, to advise others that Leaf buying is such a great idea, can explain what is the matter with using Nissan's OWN FIGURES to look at the economics is wrong, and why Nissan themselves think that leasing is the way to go?
          krona2k
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          Here we go again.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @DaveMart
          Dave.. you cannot serious think you are talking "facts that don't change"... when you're talking about "depreciation" that has NOT even happened yet. Your whole argument is speculative. Which normally people won't have a problem with... but you arrogantly declare your speculation as fact.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      What Danny.... no split screen comparison with the Chevy Volt sales? Or would that mess up your manufactured competition between two very different cars? A little journalistic honesty might go a long way. ABG is an American weblog, as it is sponsored by AOL (the A stands for America)... but you continue to perpetuate the myth that these two cars compete only in the U.S.
      Brody
      • 1 Day Ago
      Do you think a 63 MPG car would sell well today? FYI, I have that car and its the original Honda Insight. Honda only sold 17,000 from 2000- 2006. So, its a big deal because the LEAF is considered as a limited car because of its range, but the original Insight is not besides that it is a 2-seater. FYI, the EPA now rates the Insight at 53 MPG (original was 65 MPG), but the average is 63 MPG from consumers. I get >65 MPG almost every tank.
      Grendal
      • 1 Day Ago
      A nice start to the EV revolution. We've got a long way to go though. 73 Miles Per Charge without a range extender is the Leafs biggest problem in the USA. Though if I lived in the Big City, I'd own one in a second. I thought it would be the perfect car for Chicago when I visited there recently.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Grendal
        I was starting to think it'd be an ideal car for where I live, but recently I've begun to have concerns. The longest regular daytrip we make is to the beach, where it would be parked in direct sun at 90º+F temps for hours on end. Leasing it would be the way to go for us, then we'd dump it after a few years and let Nissan worry about the battery.
          Dave D
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          LTAW, I thought you had problems with availability of charging? Maybe I'm remembering wrong but I thought you were in an area in San Fran where you had to park on the street...Or maybe you were just talking about other people who had to deal with that situation??? Anyway, I hope it works out for you.
          Grendal
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Reasonable strategy considering the leasing deals they're offering.
      • 1 Day Ago
      I know this is subjective, but I find the Leaf one of the ugliest car I have ever seen. I think they could sell more if it wasn't this ugly. Look at the curves on the side there is no symmetry, uniformity or orderliness. It is shaped like a malformed bumpy potato. Otherwise this type of car excites me. I also think the price needs to be a bit lower however I would have no problem paying what they pay in California for it if it was less ugly.
        garylai
        • 1 Day Ago
        It is subjective. I love the way it looks.
          garylai
          • 1 Day Ago
          @garylai
          Well, what you show would make it look a lot more conventional. While that may appeal to some, the fact that it looks so distinctive and is easy to spot is a plus too. No one can mistake it for any other car. The Leaf has a 0.28 drag coefficient, so it's shape is pretty aerodynamic too. The bulgy headlights direct air away from the side mirrors. So it's all in the eye of the beholder.
          • 1 Day Ago
          @garylai
          But wouldn't be much better if the curves were not all irregular? I made an image to show what I mean: http://imgur.com/lyFyA
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          @garylai
          Added original in image for comparison: http://imgur.com/AP3iE
        krona2k
        • 1 Day Ago
        It has grown on me a bit, and as others have reported it doesn't look as bad 'in the flesh' but I do agree it could have been distinctive and more attractive. I'll still be getting one next year, probably a second hand model from this year or maybe a new one if Nissan can perform a miracle on price. I'm only concerning myself over total cost of ownership over 8-10 years and not intermediate book values unlike some people. I think it's going to work out well financially, economically and driving experience.
      amtoro
      • 1 Day Ago
      Those numbers are pretty healthy considering that there is still only one plant that assembles the LEAF for the entire world (along with many other models of similar size for the Japanese market). In the first year of deliveries, Nissan sold about 19,000 LEAFs and this second year it will be about 30,000. Not bad at all.
      Vlad
      • 1 Day Ago
      It's a great car, I enjoy every second of driving it. See them more often in the wild now, too. One drawback is that I now cannot decide if all the shakes and noises in my wife's ICE car are normal, or indicate a problem...
      SCK
      • 1 Day Ago
      Why is the "second best month" brought up with NO mention of the heavy incentives Nissan put on these? Whenever the Volt's three consecutive record months are mentioned its also with the mention of incentives.
        ElectricAvenue
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        @SCK
        I don't know, but if we want to start complaining about missing information: this site regularly posts sales of the Leaf and Volt in the U.S., but never (as far as I've seen) worldwide stats for both. The Volt is definitely outselling the Leaf in the U.S., but worldwide it looks like the totals are 42K for the Leaf and about 24K for the Volt. Correct me if I'm wrong. Whatever the case, I'm just glad all those EVs are out there. I think the market will swing toward (pure) EVs in the long run.
          Harry
          • 1 Day Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          I think you are right about the market swinging to EV's in the long run, but how long do you think it will take for batteries to get cheap enough so that you can buy an EV with 200 mile range close to the average price of a car bought in the US, $31,000? EV city cars will sell in large numbers long before we get to that point, but for a real acceptance by large numbers of car buyers, we will probably need to get close to $31k with just over 2 hours of hwy range. I figure that this will probably happen by 2019 or so, what are your thoughts? (8-10% price reductions per kWh per year add up quick)
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Well done Nissan ! ( Although it's important to remember that half the sales are in Japan, and 99% are sold in countries whose governments heavily subsidize EV sales and charging infrastructure.) These sales results show the crucial role government support plays in the successful introduction of EV's.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Nissan leaf is one of the best eco cars with the modren features and I am glad to know about the huge sales of this car I bought one from the http://www.mybusinesscentral.com.au/ad-tag/car-service-rocklea/
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