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Leaf EV sales market is expanding

For a long time the big problem for Nissan and many electric vehicle makers was the fact that electric vehicles simply weren't popular due to high pricing, range anxiety or any variety of other reasons. Nissan is now fighting the opposite problem with demand surging in new markets without the inventory to satisfy interested consumers.

Nissan director of electric vehicle sales Erik Gottfried says that he recently flew to Texas to meet with dealers that are clamoring for more Leaf electric vehicles.

"They really want more Leafs in Dallas," Gottfried says. "I assured them that we're doing everything we can to get them more inventory. But it's taking some time. It will be late fall before we can produce enough to satisfy everybody."

Nissan is now selling approximately 2,000 Leaf electric vehicles each month which is about four times the volume it was selling about a year ago. To meet this new demand, Nissan is slowly ramping up production of the Leaf at its manufacturing facility in Tennessee.


"We're going to be short on inventory all through the summer," Gottfried says he has been telling dealers. "

Since its introduction, the Leaf has been most popular on the West Coast in areas such as San Francisco and Seattle. However, the market has expanded sales are exploding in St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Raleigh. Atlanta is now the third-largest market for the Leaf electric vehicle and had only nine days of supply in June.

A year ago, California made up 37% of Leaf cells. Now, the state only accounts for 27% of sales due to significant growth in other markets.
 
Nissan credits its price cut of about $6,000 earlier this year for the increased sales.

Source: Autonews



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RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By SublimeSimplicity on 7/16/2013 11:42:14 AM , Rating: 2
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The things come with a government subsidy, which all of us have to pay for


Strange, because I thought I got an income tax rebate on my LEAF. I was under the impression I was able to keep more of MY money that I earned by buying it. I didn't consider the fact that YOU had laid claim to MY money after I earned it.

Just so we're on the same page, how much more of MY money are you entitled to?


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Lord 666 on 7/16/2013 1:01:40 PM , Rating: 3
Your welcome for the gift. Since its a fixed rebate per car, those in higher tax brackets contributed a greater amount than those in lower tax brackets.


By maugrimtr on 7/18/2013 7:34:11 AM , Rating: 2
Moron.

It's not a fixed rebate - it's a variable tax credit up to a maximum of $7,500. Your tax dollars do not fund tax credits unless you count the opportunity cost of an EV purchaser's tax dollars up to $7,500 being kept by them as a loss because it doesn't enter the government spending pool.

It's not that hard to use those mysterious electrical tubes carrying packets across the globe to find out where the credit is defined and legislated for. Better than making sh|t up as you go.


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By OnyxNite on 7/16/2013 2:39:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not in the market for a car at the moment so I'm not sure what the tax rules are for electric vehicles but if the "tax rebate" you got was a CREDIT then you got it from every person who pays taxes because you would get a CREDIT even if you paid ZERO taxes, thus it is NOT your money being returned. If however the "tax rebate" you got was a DEDUCTION that reduced the amount of your income you have to pay taxes on then you are correct in that it was your money in the first place and not any other tax payers.


By lennylim on 7/16/2013 2:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
It is a "use it or lose it" deduction from your taxes in the same year you bought the car. The federal government and the IRS could be a bit more clear in their terminology, but hey, it's the feds.


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Keeir on 7/17/2013 8:06:00 PM , Rating: 2
That's faulty logic.

Wether its a credit or deduction, it still reduces the total amount of (income) taxes paid to less than without the credit or deduction.

I think a real question is how the government should be supported.

Today's system of progressive tax on indivudal income with special reduced rates for income earned on capital is fairly interesting (http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/backg... I include "payroll" taxes because they are based on labor provided by individuals, getting more than 80% of the Federal Budget). I tend to end up paying a large multiplier of the per worker average of this funding source. I fundamentally disagree with many of the credits and deductions that exist. For instance, I think the deduction of mortage interest (while popular) is not really supportable. Essentially everyone claiming a mortage deduction (especially for a mortage they could not otherwise afford) is stealing from people who have either paid off their home, can not afford a home, or do not choose to purchase an home beyond thier budget.

I find that most people who are against the electric car credit, are really against it because they can't see it benefiting themself. They typically are perfectly fine with the dozens of tax credits and deductions that unfairly favor them.


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Reclaimer77 on 7/17/2013 8:29:58 PM , Rating: 4
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I find that most people who are against the electric car credit, are really against it because they can't see it benefiting themself.


Based on some large sample group survey you've personally conducted no doubt?

I doubt a hopeless Leftist like you could even begin to grasp the root of this issue.

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Essentially everyone claiming a mortage deduction (especially for a mortage they could not otherwise afford) is stealing from people who have either paid off their home, can not afford a home, or do not choose to purchase an home beyond thier budget.


That's essentially bullsh*t. Also the highlighted words above, aren't words. Maybe you should actually be able to spell mortgage if you want to discuss them?

The only way this is considered "stealing" is if you're viewing this issue in the typical Liberal light. Liberals view the collective income of the individuals of this nation as one large pot that belongs to the Government. At which point the Government then decides how much of it you get to keep for yourself after it's done distributing the wealth of this nation.

Let me ask you something, who's taxes were increased specifically because I got a mortgage deduction? Answer: nobodies. I'm not "stealing"!

Also while the mortgage deduction is nice, it doesn't reduce my liability to zero. Not even close. For some people, these State and Federal EV tax deductions could reduce their total income tax liability to nothing, or damn close! Just for picking a different car than me? That's just so wrong.

I'm against the EV tax credit on several levels, but I've never claimed it's stealing from me or anyone else.


By topkill on 7/18/2013 9:50:47 PM , Rating: 1
First point:
quote:
Answer: nobodies

Don't make fun of other people for their English/spelling when you're a frigging moron. You're referring to who's taxes were affected so it's "nobody's"

Second point:
quote:
Liberals view the collective income of the individuals of this nation as one large pot that belongs to the Government.

You call others "liberal" and say they view all money as belonging to the government yet claim that you should be allowed to get tax breaks for your house? Are you that fucking stupid and logic challenged?

Third point:
quote:
Let me ask you something, who's taxes were increased specifically because I got a mortgage deduction?

Either our politicians have to decide what we're going to do without or else someone else has to pay more to make up for the taxes you get to keep. It's not magic, taxes pay for shit. If you're not paying them, then someone else has to make up for it.

Frankly, you're just an offensive jagoff who has something against EVs so you pile on BS arguments against things you don't like with no logic and ignore the hypocrisy of your own benefits.


By Dr of crap on 7/17/2013 12:56:10 PM , Rating: 3
NONE - the govt spends it all and then some!


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Chaser on 7/22/2013 12:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
I don't buy vehicles that bestow tax credits. Just by virtue of that I'd be happy to compare our 1040s though and see who gets confiscated more.


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