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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 Rukkian on 7/16/2013 2:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
This is the whole thing I do not understand about all of the outrage on this. I currently rent out of choice, but am subsidizing everybody else that buys a house. Where is the outrage for this?

It all comes down to everybody only caring about what they will get out of it. If it is something they get money from, it is great, if it only helps others, then it is a horrible injustice and people should be hanged on the white house lawn for it.

I can't personally use an electric vehicle, cause they either don't have the range I need, or are too expensive. I don't currently have a place to charge, but could probably figure that piece out, and still I have no problem with this credit.

If we wanted to look into all credits and get rid of most (all?) of them, I think everybody would be better off.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Spuke on 7/16/2013 6:33:36 PM , Rating: 2
This is the whole thing I do not understand about all of the outrage on this.
The only reason why there's "outrage" over this is because it's the political talking point of the day.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By JPWhite on 7/16/2013 8:28:44 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. If you are upset about EV Credits, then one should advocate the flat tax with no option for deductions or credits. Eliminate them all.

Then the govt would do a 'cash for clunkers deal' and give someones money to the someone else. Shock, horror.

By JediJeb on 7/17/2013 3:07:42 PM , Rating: 3
I vote yes on a flat tax, same percentage for everyone who makes any money and no deductions whatsoever. That we we can just do away with the IRS too.

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