2013 Nissan Leaf
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Another month of robust Leaf sales could spur Nissan to boost production of its all-electric vehicle at its Tennessee factory by a third, Automotive News says, citing Nissan North American factory chief Bill Krueger. Nissan moved US Leaf production to Tennessee from Japan earlier this year and the proposed increase would add a third production shift for the EV. It could also add a second production shift at the nearby lithium-ion battery production facility. The decision may come as soon as next month.

In January, Nissan cut the base price of the Leaf by $6,400 to $28,800 ahead of the production switchover. US customers responded and last month's US Leaf sales were almost five times higher than a year earlier, up to 1,864 units, an bringing the year-to-date total to 11,703 vehicles. The Leaf's 2013 sales overtook the full-year 2012 totals in late June.


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      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      $28,800 is the price for the base model, but within 200 miles of my location there are no base models available and the lowest cost Leaf I find regionally is about $33K. I know car companies always do the bait and switch, but that is with relatively established vehicles. The Leaf is being closely scrutinized and price is a significant issue since it may be used as an argued that these are too expensive even with the fuel cost savings. It would be a good idea for Nissan to make sure they have the lowest cost model available at all locations. By the way, you can find Leafs in every region but not at every dealership. Maybe they should get that accomplished too.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dropped off. Is AB still deleting comments like crazy? Was there any explanation?
        Brent Jatko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Maybe people are flagging "anti-electric" comments?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        An explanation from ABG to us peasants? Next thing you will be asking for an apology! Dream on!
          CarNutMike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          We get what we paid for, right?
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          No, advertisers pay ABG (more specifically AOL Autos) based on our viewership and clicks. If they cannot properly maintain their website... they should not get paid.
      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make it cooler looking, and up the range to a daily usable 120 miles and I will buy one.
        TurboFroggy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TIMMAH!
        Daily usable? We have driven our Leaf 270 miles in a single day using fast chargers between Oregon and Washington. They have done over 350 miles a day during the BC2BC rally this year. With a 2013 Leaf SV/SL or S with fast charge pack, and a 30amp 240V EVSE in your garage, you could easily drive 60 miles in the morning, charge back up in 2-3 hours then drive another 60 miles in the evening. I have done 110 miles in a day in my old Ford Ranger EV and it only had a 50 mile range.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was hoping Nissan would have some considerable range increases by now. Say, 150 mile in town range and about 125 miles at 55 mph. Would be nice if they gave some options on battery pack size but no such luck. Leaf is a great start.
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Choices cost a car maker a lot of money, but with BEV's and EREV's, I think choices are even more helpful than with an ICE because everybody has a different driving pattern and while 75 real world AER is ok for some people, a 125 mile AER might work perfectly for another person. As battery prices drop I think we will start to see some more choices being offered.
          Ziv
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          Spec, people I respect who really know the auto industry say options are a lot more expensive than you would think. They say that that is why most auto makers have gone to option packs, they reduce the cost a great deal. I wish it wasn't so, but wishes won't make it so. But on something as important as range, I think the BEV/EREV makers are going to start giving us more options soon.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ziv
          Why do they cost them a lot of money? I don't really see how. It is just less cells and change a few parameters of the software. I know Tesla said it wasn't cost effective but I don't buy that excuse. I think they just wanted to steer people toward their more profitable models.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Yeah, they should really offer a larger battery pack as an option. It is great that Tesla does but even Tesla disappointed me by eliminating one of their battery size options such that there are only 2 battery size options from Tesla now.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish Nissan would release another body model style. Can't they throw a sedan body on top of that chassis to have an alternative? At least get the damn NV-200 EV that you already have ready out on the market to make a mini-van available!
        TurboFroggy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        The Renault Fluence ZE is a full size sedan with basically the Leaf drivetrain. And I agree on the e-NV200, they need to get crackalackin on getting that released. I think it should be followed then by a plug-in version of the Frontier.
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TurboFroggy
          Unfortunately, neither of those vehicles is available for sale in the USA. I really think offering additional body types such as the e-NV200 minivan and a Fluence ZE sedan would help Nissan move more EVs.
      • 2 Years Ago
      National Plug in Day is at the end of this September (the last weekend of September). So if enough people show up to this event I'm betting the sales for Leaf, Volt, and many other EVs will be kicked up a notch for October, if not for December thanks to people buying electric cars for their spouses for Christmas. It's easy to see the prices coming down when you look so it's very fair to say that as the prices come down the sales will go up. And the prices are going to go down as they get better at making them. The price of the batteries are coming down year over year while the weight to energy storage increases. This means they are going to be cheaper and go further on each charge. As long as we keep up demand the manufacturers can roll the money back into R&D and making the cars better and for less money.
      Taipei Racer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Main problem is that the car looks too ugly.
        Ziv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Taipei Racer
        It may be ugly, but it is a good start. If Nissan starts giving options for larger battery packs, like Tesla, I think that the Leaf could keep the sales growing. It is a roomy car, and for around town it makes a lot sense. Give it an option (Extended Range) for 125 miles of AER and you can cover a decent amount of territory on the weekend roadtrip. Most of my weekend roadtrips are less than 200 miles and an ER Leaf would work fairly well for anything under 200 miles, given the proliferation of chargers around most cities. I still like my Volt better, but everyone has different priorities.
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