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Nissan touts the "green" benefits of its Leaf EV

Nissan says that it has reached a milestone with its all-electric Leaf hatchback. The company reports that it has sold its 50,000th Leaf in the United States to a couple from Dallas, Texas. Worldwide, the sales tally has climbed to nearly 115,000 Leafs.
Nissan says that sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth region were up 50 percent year-over-year, due in part to a new $2,500 state rebate and the company's “No Charge to Charge” campaign which gives Leaf drivers free access to public charging stations around the state (owners that purchased new Leafs after April 1, 2014 get free public charging for two years).

"With 'No Charge to Charge,' the new EV tax credit and enthusiastic new owners like the Bolt family, Dallas is poised to climb the ranks of leading LEAF sales markets," explained Toby Perry, director, EV Marketing for Nissan. "Texas is a great indicator that the right mix of customer awareness and strategically placed charging can lead to rapid EV adoption, and we expect to use that model to grow our sales in markets across the U.S."
The Nissan Leaf is priced at $28,980 before a $7,500 federal tax credit (and any applicable state credits/rebates) and can travel up to 84 miles on a charge (the EV is rated at 114 MPGe). Mainstream competitors like the Chevrolet Spark EV ($26,685) and Ford Focus Electric ($35,170) are rated at 82 miles/118 MPGe and 76 miles/115 MPGe respectively, and haven’t seen nearly the same success in the market as the Leaf.
Other mainstream competitors like Fiat have downright balked at EVs, with current Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne recently stating, "I hope you don't buy [a Fiat 500e] because every time I sell one it costs me $14,000.”

Source: Nissan

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RE: Glad that EV sales are good
By Keeir on 5/26/2014 5:51:14 PM , Rating: 3
While you numbers are reasonable, I find that most individuals don't really understand how far they drive in a given day.

After owning a Volt for almost a year now, I have an even greater aweness of how far I drive in a given day.

There were only 2 days in the last 334 that I drove more than 100 miles between overnight charging. However, since one of those was a very important job related issue, I can understand why someone wants a car that covers 100% of days, not just 99% of days.

There is already an "EV" that has 200+ mile range. Its called a Volt. Based on my real usage on the past 11 months, I've reduced my consumption of gasoline by 95.5% from my previous car and 91% versus a Prius, while retaining the ability to drive as far as I want in a given day. As a bonus, when I forget to recharge it... it still goes (the source of most of the gasoline usage).

RE: Glad that EV sales are good
By abzillah on 5/27/2014 12:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
That is true, the Volt does go over 200 miles.
I guess I was thinking of a battery powered only car, small like the fit to hit 200 miles.

If the fit can hit 150 miles, it would be enticing, and when I need longer range, I could just rent a car for a day or two.

RE: Glad that EV sales are good
By Dorkyman on 5/27/2014 1:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
The Volt is the only technology I'd consider buying. With the Leaf I'd suffer from the very real malady called Range Anxiety.

And I wouldn't ever plug in. I'm too lazy. That Volt variant better have autocharge, whatever that will turn out to be in the next few years.

RE: Glad that EV sales are good
By Keeir on 5/28/2014 12:21:00 AM , Rating: 3
Well... since when I plug-in I covert .75 gallons of gasoline to 6 kWh of electricity, I say ~2.25 for roughly a 15 second task. I end up "saving" time because I don't have to go to the gas station.... but whatever.

Remembering to plug-in is essentially paying myself 540 dollars/hour. Autocharge would be great too... but its really not a huge deal to remember to plug in... like locking the car or closing the garage door.

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