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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 dailytechgirl on 7/16/2013 4:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Better paying for a tax credit for a more environmentally friendly car than paying off those trillions in taxes we paid for oil via our war with Iraq. Now if we could just stay away from paying for wars for oil in the future...

I'll be happy when everyone in cities drives EV cars and the air is cleaner. We'll save money medical bills for lung illnesses this way.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Spuke on 7/16/2013 6:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be happy when everyone in cities drives EV cars and the air is cleaner. We'll save money medical bills for lung illnesses this way.
Which lung illnesses will EV's "cure"?

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Paj on 7/17/2013 10:59:59 AM , Rating: 2
It will prevent them.

Prevention is better than a cure. Using a condom is easier and cheaper than curing AIDS.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Spuke on 7/17/2013 12:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
It will prevent them.
Which one's? Got a link where I can do some research on this? I'm seriously skeptical but willing to take a look.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Keeir on 7/17/2013 8:32:46 PM , Rating: 2

But I think common sense also states that

1.) Particle matter in air in harmful to lungs
2.) Vaporized Gasoline is not good for people
3.) Vaporized Sulfer/NOX is not good for people

EVs can significantly reduce the above provided power stations are located relatively distant and do not use Coal.

By topkill on 7/18/2013 9:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
Oh God, you invoked common sense? You think these asshats will admit that it can't possibly be good for you to breathe polluted air? They would rather choke to death first.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By toffty on 7/17/2013 12:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
Asthma and Lung Cancer to name two

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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