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Just one year ago, many in the auto industry were starting to question the commercial viability of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Sales lagged far behind projections, causing many to wonder if Nissan wasted time, energy and money to be early to market with a car that no one wanted. Nissan Struggling To Keep Up With Leaf Demand
Just one year ago, many in the auto industry were starting to question the commercial viability of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Sales lagged far behind projections, causing many to wonder if Nissan wasted time, energy and money to be early to market with a car that no one wanted.

According to a new report from Automotive News, however, Nissan is currently struggling to produce enough of the EVs to meet demand, thanks, in part, to a surge in interest in some unconventional places.

Buying an EV has become a practical thing to do.
The Leaf has met heavy demand in a few surprising markets. While conventional thinking is that EVs are most popular in West Coast cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle--which is true, to a certain extent--the Leaf has become quite a hit in Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago and Raleigh.

Because people in these Midwest and Southern markets generally have shorter commutes than their West Coast counterparts, have places to charge overnight and have become victim to higher gas prices, buying an EV has become a practical thing to do.

Of course, we can't discount the fact that the Leaf is now much cheaper than ever. A new trim line introduced earlier this year, the S, cut the base sticker price of the car down to $28,800. And that doesn't even include a $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. When all is said and done, buyers can get into a LEAF for around $21,000. That's pretty enticing, no matter where you are.

[Source: Automotive News]

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      Bert Nissel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the Ford Fusion Energi Titanium plug in, but the Nevada dealers are sitting on their hands, can't handle service for this vehicle. not certified what a shame.
      • 1 Year Ago
      aren't lithium batteries the source of power for these electric cars and isn't lithium radioactive , and if so wont consistent exposure to the radiation that emits from these massive battery packs, subject the owners to contracting cancer...........prove to me im, wrong ???
        SteveEV
        • 1 Year Ago
        i think it would be more entertaining to point out the lithium cells in your phone, computer and hearing aid
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      From what I was told, you also must have a charging station built into your home pre-purchase. I operated one (I can't force myself to say "drove"). Eerily quiet. I enjoyed it, but I want an engine.
      grushford
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's A Japanese Product, If if it was Made in an American Plant, The Jap Owners Would Profit, DID YOU FORGET 7:55AM SUNDAY, Dec 7 1941, When They Killed Over 3000 our out Soldiers , Sailors & Aitmen Who Were Sleeping in on a Sunday Morning, Going to Church, or Playing Ball or Whatever, Well I Didn't We Should have Dropped 10000 Atomic Bombs on Japan, We Should Have HUNG THE GREAT ONE & HIS WIFE, IN THE TOWN SQUARE, And let the Birds pick them clean, Then Searched the World for any more Japs & Killed every Last one of them, Then Gone on To Korea, China All The Asian Country richt up to France, East Asian, Mid Asian, West Asian, Would have prevent a number of wars like Kores & Vietnan, for Sure, & there would be no Russians Etc, That Would Leave Great Britain, France & The United Stes & Canada Left, All The Spic Country's Are Part Asian too Portugal Spatm Mexico & Rag Heads too
        edny.ed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @grushford
        Stockholders profit, most of which are probably Americans. The American workers profit as well as suppliers. If we didn't do business with every former enemy we'd be isolated from the world. The Japanese people love us and the people who bombed Pearl Harbor are all dead or dying. If we hold grudges we'll end up like the Middle Eastern countries who see no end of violence and war.
        jcgood4614
        • 1 Year Ago
        @grushford
        Nissan is a French company. Renault purchased over 50% or Nissan stock several years ago. The CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, is a Frenchman of Lebanese-Brazilian descent. The rest of your acerbic rant clearly indicates that you are in need of adult day care.
        mac102751
        • 1 Year Ago
        @grushford
        Get over it. They also hit Pearl because the US declared an oil and steel embargo on them. An embargo being an act of war Roosevelt knew what was coming. Pick up a book sometime.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @grushford
        7 out of the top 10 U.S. Domestic content cars are Japanese and the workers earn taxable income which they spend in the USA...
      • 1 Year Ago
      My family will NEVER purchase a Nissan again after a Nissan dealership destroyed my wife's car and Nissan refused to honor their contact and failed to take precautions that lead to the destruction of the car. We opted for a $52,000 BMW instead. Just saying. Can I get in trouble for saying this? Doubtful because the story is true and I have back and forth correspondance with Nissan in my posession so I can prove the allegations in a court of law if necessary.
        mallie888
        • 1 Year Ago
        Last year I made an agonizing decision not to purchase "American" made cars and bought a Nissan. I researched and looked for over two years before making a decision. I had decided on a Honda, but their dealership wouldn't negotiate the purchase price, and Nissan did. So I opted for Nissan. I am not sorry one bit - their dealership has been extremely nice to me; they are known locally as the nice guys, and I have absolutely no complaints about their service or product. I love my Juke. It drives like a dream, gets great gas mleage, and is comfortable. I believe your experience may have been an isolated incident... ?
        rostra
        • 1 Year Ago
        I own three Nissans, and one Datsun/Nissan, a 1971 240z with 280,000 miles on it, every one of the Nissans we've owned since 1971 hit 200,000 with no mechanical problems.
        Allison
        • 1 Year Ago
        I, personally, would never own a BMW--far to expensive to own from the purchase price to maintenance costs. However, you are vilifying Nissan based on one dealership. We have a Nissan dealership near here that has amazing service and staff and their facility often earns recognition in publications. In general, I don't care for dealerships but this one treats me really well. My experience with the BMW dealer here is that the staff all believe that they are "all that" and that I should be thrilled to hand over my money to them. They are soooo arrogant there. Of course, should I blame BMW for the attitudes of the local dealship? Nah. But couple that with their outrageous prices and I can guarantee that I won't be back. We have had great success with our Nissans and our local Nissan dealer.
      kathleenhelms1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have the 2011 nissan leaf and to satisfy curiosity. 1. there is no gas whatsoever. It is not ideal for long highway trips. We live in Elgin,il 35 miles outside of Chicago. My husband drives 75 miles round trip to work with ac blasting and still has 20 miles left on any given day. If you have a lead foot it will eat up your power forcing you to be a better driver. There are a lot of free charging stations. On avg it increases our power bill by 25-30 dollars a month I hope this helps, BTW we love it!!
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kathleenhelms1
        Wow so it would raise my electric bill by 50% thats pricey. I spend less then you using public transport and our Blazer and Jeep combined.
          plpayne604
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          John,I guess you didn't do the math on kathleen's comment.They drive close to 400 miles a week and spend 7 dollars on "fuel". 7 dollars would put one gallon of gas in each of your vehicles.Just enough to get your Blazer and Jeep to the next gas station!! BTW,I love Blazers and Jeeps and the Leaf is ugly as sin!
        rini1946
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kathleenhelms1
        question is how much will the battery cost when you have to replace it in 5 years
          SteveEV
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rini1946
          the answer would be zero. standard battery warranty for electric cars is 8 years, 100,000 miles. so far the batteries seem to be performing better than expected and the price is getting lower.
      edspot
      • 1 Year Ago
      The LEAF is still not as green as a vanpool at 150 MPG and also reduces congestion/parking issues....www.vRide.com
      caveredecorator
      • 1 Year Ago
      if i have to breath less car fumes then i am all for it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had my leaf for almost a year and have a commute (one way) to work of about an hour and 15 minutes. My leaf allowed me to save WELL over $400 a month on my commute alone and my electric bill has only gone up about $25 a month! You do the math. Its not only incredibly fun to drive I NEVER have to get gas !!!! The milage per charge differs with driving styles, but average is about 110 at the fullest. GO GREEN! It even tells you how many trees you save!
      zekeman007
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes, you absolutely would need to own another car for longer trips. How is this a problem? The vast majority of families already own at least two, and many have one for each driver in the household. The Leaf is perfect for what it does, and it does it extremely well. Also, I predict the next generation of batteries will give substantial range improvement on all EV's, and as more are sold, there will be far more places to recharge - malls, movie theaters, supermarkets, etc.
        raal246
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zekeman007
        Next generation batteries? What are they? I remember when the Air Force got the C-5 Galaxy - they had NiCad batteries! The great advancement, eh? We no longer have the C-5 as a mainstay in the AF, nopw we have lithium batteries but are NOT what we need. Granted, having recharging stations would be great. Question is: Will the cost of the station be borned by the restaurant, cafe, pizza place, etc???
      • 1 Year Ago
      What gets me is the fact that millions of people who drive cars do not have a place to plug in even if they wanted to buy these cars. They live in apartments, condos and town houses and have no driveway to call their own. Right away the market is severely reduced for these cars.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        Many apartments and town homes are installing charging stations. All the new ones around me have them.
      wagdag23
      • 1 Year Ago
      electric cars are the sucker sale of the decade. i would not take one free. batteries are still a joke. 30-35 mpg cars are plentiful and reliable and easy to refuel and just go and go and find gas.
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