Nissan-Renault Sells 100,000th Zero-Emissions Electric Vehicle
When Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said that his company was dedicated helping electrify the automobile, many skeptics laughed it off. Then, plenty more said that the Nissan Leaf was a toy car; it's the best-selling electric vehicle in the world despite not having met initial company expectations. Now, however, Nissan-Renault is having the last laugh, as it has broken the barrier of 100,000 zero-emissions vehicles sold around the world. Of those, the Leaf comprises approximately 71,000 sales since going on sale at the end of 2010. The U.S. makes up 29,351 of those sales as of June 2013. More incredibly, Nissan has sold 9,839 Leafs (Leaves?) in the U.S. during the first half of the year, which is more than the number it sold in all of either 2011 or 2012. The 100,000th zero-emissions car was, in fact, a Leaf sold to Allison Howard, a grad student at Kennesaw State in Atlanta. "The fact that it's all electric and I don't have to spend money on gas as a college student, that's great," she said in a statement, expressing plenty of excitement over her purchase. Recently, the Leaf has experienced a surge in sales after its production moved to the U.S. from Japan, fueling a massive price cut. In addition to moving production to Tennessee, Nissan also upgraded the car's electronics and extended its range from 76 to 84 miles when driven conservatively. Charging time has also been cut in half to three hours with a Level 2 charger. When we drove a pre-refreshed Nissan Leaf, we said that it was promising, but there were a few nags that kept us from saying it was ready for primetime. It sounds like Nissan has since fixed them. Nissan-Renault also sells electric versions of the Renault Kangoo commercial van overseas as well as the Renault Twizy, an electric car that near as we can tell is a glorified golf kart. Still, both have sold relatively well in European markets that heavily incentivize zero-emissions transportation. Recently, Nissan said that Infiniti was delaying its electric luxury sedan to focus on its core products. The car was set to be based on the Leaf and follow the design set forth by the Infiniti LE concept. Still, with electric versions of the NV200 and a heavy focus on hybrids, it's clear that Nissan-Renault is sticking to its electric ambitions. Source: Nissan-Renault
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