Nissan Leaf Hits 50,000 U.S. Sales
Nissan announced that the Leaf electric vehicle reached 50,000 sales in the U.S. this month. The Nissan Leaf, which was introduced in the U.S. for the 2011 model year, has seen its sales grow recently. Through April, sales of the electric hatch are up 33 percent, besting competitors including the Chevrolet Volt. Sales in Texas have skyrocketed thanks to a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 and a new promotion that provides customers in Dallas and Houston with two years of free public charging. "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," said Toby Perry, head of EV Marketing for Nissan.According to Nissan, U.S. customers have driven over 500 million miles in the Leaf. With a driving range of 84 miles, the Leaf achieves ratings of 126/101 mpge city/highway. It runs on an 80kW motor and a lithium-ion battery that can be charged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes with a quick charger (or much longer without). After federal tax credits, the car starts below $30,000. Worldwide, the Leaf's success has been even greater. Nearly 115,000 Leafs have been sold and 906 million miles driven since the car launched. It is the world's best-selling electric vehicle. Source: Nissan
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