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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 Reclaimer77 on 7/16/2013 10:00:07 PM , Rating: -1
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You don't get to choose which ones are ok vs. which ones are not.


Actually as a citizen, a taxpayer, and voter..yeah, I do. It's called the First Amendment too, by the way. So why don't you shut the fuck up?

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Yeah, and I'm sick of paying extra for you to get a tax break on your house while I rent.


Nice talking point you guys are running with, but it's a complete red herring. Only an idiot (you guys) would even try to pretend that's analogous to subsidizing EV sales!

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Oh, I'm sorry....this only applies to things YOU don't want to pay for?


Well yes. As a citizen and all, I have a say. And I say while there's very little I can do about existing subsidies, I don't see how someone picking a different kind of car over mine deserves them a fucking gigantic tax write off!

Oh and this idea that if you're renting an apartment you're subsidizing MY fucking mortgage? Offensive and wildly incorrect! The taxes I pay on my house, even after deductions, would make your freaking head spin! You don't even pay taxes on an apartment, wtf!?


RE: Smells like artificial shortages
By Spuke on 7/17/2013 12:08:00 PM , Rating: 1
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You don't even pay taxes on an apartment, wtf!?
Good point!1 Why should apartment renters or renters period be exempt from taxes? Sure they don't own the property but they do reside there and should be liable for a portion of the property tax IMO.


By rountad on 7/17/2013 1:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
It will be rolled into the rent the landlord charges.


By topkill on 7/18/2013 10:12:23 PM , Rating: 1
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The taxes I pay on my house, even after deductions, would make your freaking head spin! You don't even pay taxes on an apartment, wtf!?


I own a house on the beach in Destin, and the taxes on THAT would make your head spin. I also own a house in Tennessee and rent one in Atlanta for when I'm there working.

Go look at the price for renting vs. owning the same size house. The owners charge you WAY the hell over their monthly mortgage cost to cover taxes and potential repairs...and profit. So the renter is clearly paying the taxes too.

And SPUKE, that was a stupid comment...even for you.


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