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Nissan breaks its own US EV sales record

With more than two months remaining in the year, Nissan LEAF has surpassed its own record of the most US electric vehicle sales in a single calendar year, the mark of 22,610 units that it set in 2013, the company says. LEAF sales in 2014 through September are up more than 36% compared to the same period last year. (Nissan will announce October US sales on 3 November.)

Nissan has sold more than 142,000 LEAFs sales since launch, with more than 64,000 of those in the US, making it the global leader in EV sales.

With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September.

—Brendan Jones

With seating for up to five passengers, the all-electric Nissan LEAF offers an EPA-estimated driving range of 84 miles (135 km) on a fully-charged battery and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined.



Turn that actual range of 70 miles into 140 at the same price then watch the sales increase. New battery chemistry could change the game this decade, stay tuned.


Could very well be so...


Of a 100 million vehicles sold worldwide each year, less than 0.1% of them are EVs. You would have to sell ONE million EVs per year just to hit 1%, that would mean the number of EVs would remain at 1% after 15 years.

If people are going to believe EVs will solve the problem of CO2 emissions, imported oil, air pollution and other ills, the "penetration" rate is going to have to be MUCH higher. I see no indication of an exponential growth extending for decades.

That is not pessimism, but realism. If you believe in something that has almost no chance of coming true, you may be borderline delusional. Go with real solutions that will work and WILL actually happen, be realistic and work towards those goals.

I hope for the super battery and EVs every where, but I work on other ideas as well, the all or nothing mantra is foolish.

Roger Pham

Good point, SJC. The quickest and surest way to reduce CO2 impact of transportation is perhaps in the use of synthetic fuels made from biomass pyrolysis with addition of vast quantity of renewable hydrogen.

Even with 100% penetration of PEV's now, the grid is still 70% fossil fueled, so CO2 reduction is only 30%. However, if 1/3 of the fuels right now is made from biomass plus renewable hydrogen without any change in the vehicular fleet, we can reduce CO2 release by 33%, which may be a lot easier to do and a whole lot more cost effective. It may be possible to produce synthetic hydrocarbon fuels at costs competitive with off-shore oil, shale oil, or tar-sand oil.

However, the least expensive synthetic fuel will be renewable hydrogen.


We are already starting to see a move towards cellulose ethanol, there are 20 million FFVs in the U.S. but only 2000 E85 pumps, we need 10 times more but the oil industry is stopping them.

The federal government has to get serious about not allowing oil companies to keep their grip on the market. We need alternate fuels and they need to get to fueling stations so people can use them. If the oil companies want to join in fine, but don't obstruct.

There are companies like Pearson, Propel and others that have stations that sell alternatives, from E85 to hydrogen, but they are small and come no where hear filling the need. So we need to encourage companies like that with tax breaks and make sure oil companies can not restrict their contract fueling stations.

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