Nissan LEAF cumulative sales in Japan pass 30,000 mark; 700 quick chargers to be installed in dealerships
Sales of the Nissan LEAF in Japan have passed the 30,000 unit mark. The cumulative total in Nissan’s home market was reached at the end of September 2013, the same month that monthly global sales of the Nissan LEAF topped 4,700 units—the LEAF’s best-ever global monthly sales result to date. By the end of September, cumulative global sales of the Nissan LEAF since launch totaled 83,000 units.
Sales of the LEAF began in Japan and North America in December 2010. Now marketed in Europe and other countries, LEAF sales have steadily increased every year. In fiscal year 2012, Nissan sold 11,600 units in Japan; Nissan expects even stronger year-on-year sales are expected for the end of this fiscal year.
Nissan attributes the consistent increase in sales to the low running cost.
Nissan has also accelerated efforts to improve the EV battery charging infrastructure throughout Japan. By the end of September 2013, a total of approximately 1,900 quick chargers had been installed nationwide by various companies and organizations. Among them, about 800 fast chargers have been established in Nissan dealerships, with an additional 700 planned to be added in the second half of this fiscal year. T
The Japanese government has subsidized this national effort with ¥100.5 billion (US$1 billion) to further expedite charging infrastructure improvements in Japan.