I report on US electric car sales every month over on EV Obsession, but I hadn’t noticed this fun fact: Nissan has broken a record for Nissan LEAF sales in that month 19 months in a row.
In other words, Nissan LEAF sales are climbing at a very strong and steady rate.
In September, there were 2,881 Nissan LEAF sales in the US. That is 47.5% higher than the 1,953 sales it saw in September 2013.
For the year through September, Nissan LEAF sales are up 39.6% compared to the same period last year.
One of the big factors that has helped Nissan LEAF sales rise so much was a price big $6,000 drop in 2013. The CEO and President of Nissan (and Renault), Carlos Ghosn, emphasized last year that the price drop was due to the launch of US manufacturing of the LEAF, not Nissan subsidizing the car. (A similar thing happened in the UK when manufacturing began there.)
With a low price of $28,800, the Nissan LEAF is just $21,300 after the US federal tax credit for electric cars. In California, that price drops further to $18,800 following the state’s zero-emissions vehicle rebate. Then there are also the massive fuel and maintenance savings that come with driving on electricity.
It’s not all about money, though. Electric cars are much more thrilling to drive thanks to their instant torque (unbeatable acceleration), offer a super smooth and quiet ride, sound like spaceships thanks to their electric motors, cut our dependence on dirty oil, and are super convenient to own since you can just charge up at home while sitting on the couch rather than having to go to a gas station. As more and more people learn about the many benefits of electric cars, sales are increasing rapidly. The Nissan LEAF is arguably most competitive electric car on the market is thus leading the pack!
h/t Autoblog Green