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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 Motoman on 7/16/2013 7:06:13 PM , Rating: 2
Good thing none of those things apply to me that you mentioned. As for campaigning for getting rid of all deductions - I'm all for it.

But you're an absolute f%cktard for trying to imply that there's any validity to an EV tax credit...while there's at least some reasonable basis for other tax credits. The one and only reason the tax credit for EVs exists is because they're a bad product that can't compete in the market on their the government has to pay you to buy them.

And when the government pays you to buy one, you wind up several thousand dollars short on your fair share of taxes. Because you wanted to enhance your smug factor with an EV. Guess who shoulders the burden of your several thousand-dollar shortfall? That's right - the rest of us.

RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Jeffk464 on 7/17/2013 11:28:14 AM , Rating: 2
By the way you guys are all missing another major tax credit for electrics, they don't pay the gas tax. Over the life of the car this will add up to a substantial pile of cash.

By Motoman on 7/17/2013 11:54:11 AM , Rating: 2
States are waking up to that fact and taking action - working on legislation that will make EV owners pay their fair share of taxes to keep roads and bridges together.

Working on it, anyway. What's hilarious is watching the EV consumer start wildly flailing about complaining that adding such a tax to them "isn't fair" when apparently it *is fair* for them to get a tax break for buying the EV in the first place.

Not only are non-EV buyers supposed to pay more income taxes than EV buyers, but we're also supposed to pay their share of road taxes too.

It's either really funny or really sad that EV supporters can actually try to support both ends of this with a straight face. They honestly think they're entitled to have their cake and eat it too.

By topkill on 7/18/2013 9:56:45 PM , Rating: 1
And you're an absolute asshat for thinking there is any validity for you getting a tax break for owning a home when people that rent don't get anything.
Because you wanted a tax break on your house, the rest of us have to make up for it. Oh, wait...your logic only works for you? No, so go fuck yourself.

And I couldn't give a fuck about smug or green or whatever your hangup is. I want us to use less oil so we're not importing as much. Money going out of our economy screws us all out of jobs. THAT does more to damage the value of your house than anything else...because less people can afford them.

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