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LEAF sales hit 50K mark in US, almost 115K worldwide

23 May 2014

Cumulative Nissan LEAF sales in the US hit the 50,000 mark this month, with the delivery of a black LEAF SL in Dallas, Texas. Dallas—and the state of Texas—have become hot growth markets for LEAF. So far in 2014, LEAF sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have grown by about 50% over the previous year, with that growth set to accelerate faster thanks in part to the introduction of a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are among 10 launch markets for “No Charge to Charge,” a new promotion that provides two years of no-cost public charging to new LEAF buyers who took delivery of their car after April 1, 2014. The national promotion is modeled after a successful pilot program launched in Dallas and Houston last fall with Houston-based NRG eVgo.

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. 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 US.

—Toby Perry, director, EV Marketing for Nissan

With nearly 115,000 global sales since launch, Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an estimated driving range on a fully-charged battery of 84 miles (135 km) and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. With a starting price of less than $30,000, LEAF is competitively priced with similar gas-powered cars after applicable tax credits, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.

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Texas is an enigma. The State is controlled by oil industry enrichened politicians that allow the oil companies to pollute the hell out of the state drilling and fracking for oil and gas; but, at the same time they support greening with wind power and they encourage EV adoption with rebates.

How will Leaf batteries hold up in hot/humid Texas, I wonder.

@Lad - regarding Texas, Demographics show it will be a tossup for the 2020 election (odds more on Red, due to poor Latino turnout). Blue by 2024. Arizona blue by 2020. Florida/Colorado blue by 2016.

@Lad, you've got your politics a little too far up your butt. Texans are interested in guns, low taxes, less government (unless it hurts the bottom line and then wants lots of it) and making money. I know this because I've lived here my entire life. Energy executives don't give a chit about wind because it is just another revenue stream. It's not EITHER oil OR wind. It's both and Texas has a lot of wind. Fracking may make you uncomfortable but it does create lots of good jobs so I think we'll keep on doing it. We'll have to deal with the consequences, too, but it's better than hand wringing while our country struggles to figure out how we can stay relevant in a world where labor is cheaper and America is having trouble justifying its higher costs.

Ralph, your comments make perfect sense, except for one. We will continue to have jobs because of fracking, not fracking because of jobs. Everyone (politicians and commentators) seem to think we do everything to create jobs. Actually we do everything to create profit. Jobs are a cost to the business, not a purpose for it. If fracking could be done by cheap robots, it would be. But then we would crow about the jobs in the robotics industry. :-)

I read an article about more automation in the drilling business, they are going to have roving rigs that will go from one site to the next. If they can get the flare gas cleaned up with mobile units to power the rigs, then more profit.

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