In a somewhat lighthearted look at who's buying electric vehicles, we learn that the percentage of Nissan Leaf buyers that are female has more than doubled since the beginning of the year as the price of the electric vehicle has fallen and range-anxiety fears have subsided, the Detroit News says, citing Nissan North America's Erik Gottfried. Almost a third of Leaf buyers are women, up from between 10 and 15 percent at the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile, the Tesla remains far more of a dude's car, with 90 percent of the sedan's buyers citing performance as the model's most important attribute, Reuters says, citing Strategic Vision's New Vehicle Experience Study. Reuters says women are about a third less-likely to buy a Tesla than other luxury brands, and there are 10 percent fewer female owners of the Model S than other EVs. What about the preeminent plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Volt? The Detroit News, citing General Motors' Michelle Malcho, says its percentage of women buyers has stayed steady at about 22 percent.
For those keeping track, Nissan sold 16,076 Leafs through the first nine months of the year, while Chevy sold 16,760 Volts. While Tesla doesn't disclose monthly sales totals, previous quarterly results suggest about 15,000 units sold this year so far.