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The automaker sold 22,610 Leafs last year in the U.S. alone

Nissan has announced 100,000 all-electric Leafs sold globally as of this month, touting a 45 percent market share among available electric vehicles around the world. 
Nissan, which started selling the Leaf in December 2010, also mentioned that it sold 22,610 Leafs last year in the U.S. alone. This represented a significant increase over the 9,819 Leaf sales the company reported for 2012. 
While the Leaf is available in 35 countries, most have been sold in the U.S. In fact, 42,122 units have been sold in the country as of the end of December 2013. 
Earlier this month, Nissan announced a price increase of $180 for 2014 Leaf vehicles. The 2014 Leaf S will start at $29,830, the Leaf SV will start at $32,850, and the top of the line Leaf SL will start at $35,870. These prices are before the $7,500 federal tax rebate.
The automaker also said all 2014 versions of the Leaf will get a rear-view monitor, which was previously only available with the tech package. In addition, the range increased six miles from 78 to 84, and the CAFE rating had a boost as well. 
The changes made were partly due to Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's goal to significantly increase the sales of the Leaf. 
Nissan is also looking to offer greater incentives for customers to buy a Leaf. For instance, the automaker announced in September 2013 that it would offer free and unlimited access to public chargers by NRG Energy Inc.'s eVgo for one year. The offer is open to those who buy or lease a new Leaf in Dallas, Forth Worth and Houston. It began October 1, 2013. 

Source: Nissan

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Not ready yet
By Phoque on 1/21/2014 8:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
All electrics either don't have the range, take too long to charge or are too expensive. On the other hand, I don't trust Chevrolet Volt, although it's got all the technical features I want:

- enough electrical autonomy to commute in town everyday
- flexibility to go anywhere with its gas tank/generator

Why the hell is Chevrolet the only one with that solution? It seemed to me to strike the ideal package.

RE: Not ready yet
By DT_Reader on 1/22/2014 11:54:04 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get why it's not a diesel. OK, I get that in America gas is the fuel of choice, but they should at least offer a diesel version. Too bad GM doesn't own Elecro-Motive anymore, because an Electro-Motive Diesel version of the Volt would be cool.

RE: Not ready yet
By foxalopex on 1/22/2014 5:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
I suspect the reason for lack of diesel is expense. The 4 cylinder in the Volt is a standard, generic 84 hp gas engine that came from their opal line. A diesel would cost more and be even more complicated. Modern diesels need a urea system to keep emissions within acceptable ranges and they have so many emissions controls that their fuel mileage is actually worse than their predecessors. The Volt was really expensive when it first came out. It's come down a lot but I'm not sure if GM is making a decent profit on it yet.

RE: Not ready yet
By Amedean on 1/23/2014 9:08:19 AM , Rating: 2
I also suspect everbody here describing electric vehicles vulnerabilities have never driven one.

RE: Not ready yet
By foxalopex on 1/22/2014 4:56:46 PM , Rating: 2
I actually own a Volt and it's been very reliable so far, I'm going through my second winter and I'm a resident of the snow belt in Canada. :) The reason why no one else has come up with a solution yet is that it's actually not the easiest thing to pull off. After owning one for this long, it's pretty impressive how seamless the engineering works.

By btc909 on 1/21/2014 1:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
Should have called it the Nissan Frog. When I sat in one it was fine, I personally don't care what the exterior looks like since I would be able to avoid fuel costs. The problem is the range. Some destinations of mine would use up to 90% of the battery or more and I would only be able to recharge at 110V.

RE: Frog
By jimbojimbo on 1/22/2014 3:09:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in the same situation. Twice a week I drive 25miles one way and I'd rather not risk 50 miles out of the 84 range especially since I'll wind up having the heater or AC on most of the time. It would be far too risky especially considering traffic would kill it. Even with that I wouldn't be able to go out for lunch or anything either. If the range was 200 miles I would consider it but for now I'm still considering the Volt for my next car.

RE: Frog
By ltfields on 1/23/2014 9:49:18 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, unfortunately right now it still depends on your use case. My wife and I carpool to work, only about 10 miles each way per day, and her office has 240v chargers in their parking garage. Hang in there, I believe the range is going to go way up as soon as some of the new battery tech/chemistries get put through their paces and are ready for vehicles. Otherwise, we love our Leaf!

It's self-defense
By DT_Reader on 1/21/14, Rating: -1
RE: It's self-defense
By Shig on 1/21/2014 1:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
It's about economics. Stop hating for two seconds, pick up a pencil and actually sit down and do the math. The results might surprise your hateful attitude.

RE: It's self-defense
By DT_Reader on 1/21/14, Rating: 0
RE: It's self-defense
By Mint on 1/21/2014 2:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree with you. There's a lot of good engineering there, like getting cost down, decent standard features, heat pump for efficient heating, etc but why did Nissan make it look so weird?

Nissan is really hit and miss with its styling. I loved the previous gen Altima coupe, hate this gen's front end, tend to say WTF when I see a Juke, think a lot of Infinitis over the years were gorgeous...

RE: It's self-defense
By milktea on 1/21/2014 4:14:09 PM , Rating: 2
IMO, Nissan made the Leaf look like a toyish-electric car so that it differentiate from and not interfere with their standard gasoline/ICE line up. Fortunately, people into EV are not so much into the exterior looks.

RE: It's self-defense
By EddyKilowatt on 1/22/2014 2:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
I finally TOFT and bought a Leaf, but I would've bought it two years earlier if it wasn't so fugly.

It's a nifty little car, GREAT second car for almost any family. Which makes the looks even more puzzling. Outside of the crunchy 1% who WANT to look geeky and different, the prime market for this car goes for Camrys and Passats. Nissan is just shooting themselves in the foot with the freakish styling. Fix the looks, market it to suburban families, and they'll sell the next 100k cars inside of a year.

RE: It's self-defense
By troysavary on 1/21/2014 2:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
Meh, it looks better than that new BMW electric, but that isn't saying much.

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