Nissan Leaf EV Sales InfographicWatch out, America, there are 50,000 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles prowling your streets. That's the official word from Nissan, which says it has just delivered the 50,000th Leaf – a black SL model – to Todd and Lisa Bolt in Dallas, Texas.

Todd is a pastor at the Gateway Church in Southlake, where there almost two dozen Leaf drivers who call themselves the "Blessed LEAFs Club." We're not making that up. Divinely inspired or not, Todd said in a statement that the EV completely meets the family's needs and that, "I don't know why we'd buy another gas car."

Last September, Nissan announced it had sold 35,000 Leaf EVs in the US so far, and the 25,000 mark came in May last year. Globally, "nearly 115,000" Leafs have been sold, which makes Nissan's workhorse the most popular EV by a long shot.

To celebrate the occasion, Nissan has put together an infographic (click to enlarge) showing the cumulative effects of all those electric vehicles on the roads. While they're only estimates based on taking the actual data from the CarWings connected vehicles (which make up 55 percent of the total fleet) and extrapolating, the numbers are still impressive. Around 906,000,000 miles driven, which means 241,000 metric tons of CO2 saved from going into the air. 50,000 Leaf sales is a big deal, sure, but we're much more keen on those cleaner air figures. Read more below.



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NISSAN DELIVERS 50,000TH ALL-ELECTRIC LEAF IN U.S. TO TEXAS FAMILY

DALLAS (May 23, 2014) -- Nissan, the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales, achieved another milestone this month as Dallas residents Todd and Lisa Bolt made Nissan LEAF the first all-electric model to hit 50,000 sales in the U.S. The Bolt family took delivery of their black LEAF SL earlier this month at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville.

Thanks to enthusiastic owner advocates, robust public charging infrastructure and the launch of a successful free charging promotion, Dallas – and the state of Texas – have become hot growth markets for LEAF. So far in 2014, LEAF sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have grown by about 50 percent over the previous year, with that growth set to accelerate faster thanks in part to the introduction of a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

"Beyond the simple economics of not buying gas, we've been impressed with how well the LEAF drives," said Todd Bolt, a pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake. "When we show the LEAF off to family and friends, they're surprised that the car is so quiet and rides so well. The LEAF does everything we need day-to-day, and given the financial savings, I don't know why we'd buy another gas car."

Electric vehicle ownership has taken hold at Gateway Church, where both Todd and Lisa work, after an executive pastor did the math and decided to buy a Nissan LEAF. Now, more than 20 employees are in the fold, jokingly referring to themselves as the "Blessed LEAFs Club."

Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are among 10 launch markets for "No Charge to Charge," a new promotion that provides two years of no-cost public charging to new LEAF buyers who took delivery of their car after April 1, 2014. The national promotion is modeled after a successful pilot program launched in Dallas and Houston last fall with Houston-based NRG eVgo.

"With 'No Charge to Charge,' the new EV tax credit and enthusiastic new owners like the Bolt family, Dallas is poised to climb the ranks of leading LEAF sales markets," said Toby Perry, director, EV Marketing for Nissan. "Texas is a great indicator that the right mix of customer awareness and strategically placed charging can lead to rapid EV adoption, and we expect to use that model to grow our sales in markets across the U.S."

With nearly 115,000 global sales since launch, Nissan LEAF is the world's top-selling electric vehicle. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an estimated driving range on a fully-charged battery of 84 miles and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. With a starting price of less than $30,000, LEAF is competitively priced with similar gas-powered cars after applicable tax credits, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.

LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor that provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. A Nissan LEAF can be charged to 80 percent of its full capacity in about 30 minutes using its available quick charge port and a quick charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately five hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger (approximately eight hours with the S grade's standard 3.6 kW charger).

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      ChrisH
      • 1 Day Ago
      one volt, eleven Leafs, in our parking lot of over two hundred cars. Honestly if I had reason to have a second car I would give serious consideration of an all electric, but damn someone make one that looks normal; sorry do not want the Focus EV. Meaning, Nissan - make an Altima E or such (or damn, a plug in Murano - 20mpg was doing us no good)
        eric
        • 1 Day Ago
        @ChrisH
        They tried and failed to make a normal looking EV (prior to the Telsa S, anyway). http://www.autoguide.com/images/content/CODA-013-main_rdax_646x396.jpg
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @eric
          Coda had way more than two problems. Spec is being generous
          Spec
          • 1 Day Ago
          @eric
          I think Coda's problem was that it was an unknown Chinese car. And the efficiency was pretty bad.
          fairfireman21
          • 1 Day Ago
          @eric
          Spec, You forgot about the $38,000 price tag.
      Ryan
      • 1 Day Ago
      Tesla has backed off building a truck now. They need to get their SUV model out and working next. GM and Ford have build them in the past, so I'm not sure why they are hesitant to do it again. I have purchased all of the parts, and and getting the truck body to the state it needs to be in this weekend. I don't have a 'blog', but I am going to start documenting it more on the DIYelectriccar site. I do have a full wiring diagram, which is badly needed... There are quite a few things I have found that could make converting a car/truck a lot easier... http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php/entire-ev-wiring-diagram-questions-comments-94243p5.html
      PeekOyle
      • 1 Day Ago
      Can you fit a gun rack to a Leaf? ;o)
      • 1 Day Ago
      after 20 months my leaf has only 50% of its original range!!!!
      Fernsemer
      • 1 Day Ago
      You watch ,,, If Nissan were to offer the Leaf with double the battery Kwh for double the range I think sales would increase exponentialy. Even despite an increase in cost for the car.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Fernsemer
        I think they need additional body designs as well though. Not everyone wants to drive the bug-eyed hatchback.
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      Nissan wisely picked this couple as the 50,000 customer. Show everyone that even an Evangelical Pastor in Texas (land of oil) can love a nice electric ride.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Spec
        Didn't sound like Nissan "picked" them. It sounds like they simply were the 50,000th sales order in the database.
        John Doe
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Spec
        Umm California has the number one oil productive county in America; Kern County produces about 10% of the nation’s domestic production from one county alone. If you want to show people transitioning from oil to electric, wouldn't it make more sense to focus on peoples from oil counties? BTW Kern County also has the worst air quality in the nation.
      treehugger.inc
      • 1 Day Ago
      More than two metric tons of CO2 saved per car is quite an impressive number. Isn't that more than the weight of the car itself?
      Ryan
      • 1 Day Ago
      Produce a pick-up truck and watch those numbers go up even faster... I am making my own since no car company wants my money I guess. But, good job Nissan. (Just work on getting spare parts out faster... I need one from the Leaf for my conversion)
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ryan
        Well... I think you're an exception. Every single person I know with a pickup hates everything about EVs with furious passion.
          sebringc5
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Agred from SoCal! And don't even THINK of bringing the subject up to a Texan. Though it would change is TESLA decides to build the battery plant there. All the best, Aaron Lephart smartcar451.com
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          @Actionable Mango
          My f150 is the only vehicle of three I have that is all gas. I desperately want them to come out with an electric pickup truck in the next 5 years as I don't ever want to buy another ice car again
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Dallas/Ft Worth.... is known as "the pale blue dot" in a deep red state. California is the same but with inverted colors. Blue in the bay area and LA. But fairly conservative in the central valley where much of the farmers work. The populations in the cities out number valley, so the state is known as Communist Central. Texas is very similar... with the major cities often voting blue, but the population of Texas is NOT concentrated as much in cities but rather spread over the large area of the state... thus making it to be known as a Conservative Mecca. Bottom line... no state is homogenous
          Ryan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          And that is why I am building it. As have many other people converted pick up trucks too to prove that it is possible and performs better. If it becomes 'normal', it is much harder to hate them. Those types of people have serious mental problems though with hating people who are different from them though. It is their problem, and since there are so many sheep following Rush, Fox News, etc... they are causing the problems with America.
          porosavuporo
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Um, "do not bring the subject up to a Texan?" Did you even watch the video or read the story that you are commenting on ? Where do you think the city of Dallas, Texas is ?
          Aaron
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          @sebringc5: The Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex is one of the LEAF's top-20 markets.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ryan
        I think a plug-in hybrid truck is what someone REALLY needs to build. That way it can handle long rural drives. And you can use it as a generator that can charge-up/power power-tools on site . . . first from the main traction battery and then from the gas engine when the traction battery is depleted.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          I would certainly like to see a pickup on the voltec. It may have to start off with small 2 seater though... like the Chevy S10 (which did have an EV version way back when). I know that the demand for pickups have shifted greatly toward big crew cabs... but the small runabout pickups are hella useful, and with the electric motor torque, can be badas
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          We've been waiting for VIA motors and Mr. Lutz to do it.
          fairfireman21
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          Spec, Once again you hit the nail on the head. I would not buy a full ev truck and I use a truck as a truck. The range and price tag would be too much or not enough.
          Spec
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Spec
          Yeah, but the VIA motors version will be low volume and high price. GM needs to throw a pick-up body onto the Voltec drivetrain and sell one for $35K. (before tax-credit).
        Majerus
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ryan
        Do you have a blog or something regarding your conversion? Also tesla has announced interested in producing a truck so one day it might happen. Electric really is the future , now if that is a bev or some other source storage source I am unsure.
      GleninCA
      • 1 Day Ago
      This is cool to hear from this pastor. More people in the conservative Christian community should be embracing EVs, not bashing them like people like Rush Limbaugh do. After all, conserving energy/resources/the planet SHOULD be a conservative goal!
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