in the midst of working on expanding the environmental benefits of
some of its vehicles by using pure electric batteries with no direct
emissions – its efforts appear to be paying off. Of
pre-orders and rising, 14,000 are from the United States,
percent are conquest sales, meaning that Nissan has "stolen"
potential sales or swayed loyal buyers from other auto brands. The
automaker's conquest is "almost without comparison" and
"few vehicles can capably convert loyal buyers over with this
level of authority."
though the first year production of the Leaf is already
sold out, not everyone is on the pure electric bandwagon, which
is leading Nissan to consider developing
extended range vehicles in the future.
skeptics have stressed concerns about electric vehicles' range and
ability to be driven on long road trips. While there is a growing
infrastructure in certain cities around the world, and EV's like the
Nissan Leaf can travel up to 100 miles with a full charge (under
optimum conditions), Nissan's Senior Vice President for Sales and
Marketing, Brian Carolin, mentioned that "extended range
vehicles could eventually join the pure battery electric Leaf in the
Volt, another one of the featured EV's of 2011, runs 40
miles on an emission-free electric charge, but then travels hundreds
of additional miles on a range-extending gas generator via a single
tank of gas. At the Automotive
News Green Car Conference last week, General
Motors' Director of Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Development
Micky Bly noted that his company's approach to EV's was "to make
sure they could be primary vehicles" and that "the Volt is
intended to be a vehicle that can operate emissions-free most of the
time yet still be able to handle road trips when needed." Nissan may
develop a similar range-extending model like this in order
to supply vehicles that the masses will be able to feel comfortable
who have submitted pre-orders for the Leaf have paid a refundable $99
at this point, but some believe as more money and risk is involved
closer to purchase/lease time, the numbers of these pre-orders may
quote: I don't really know why people assume that people dont "need" a car that goes over 100 miles.
quote: I prefer to think of this as my "freedom to not give a shit".