This car is the global electric best seller and that honor needs to be properly catered for. So, the Leaf is very close to beating its own record for US annual sales – and it still has three months to spare.
Through September, the Nissan Leaf sold 21,822 units across the US – a figure very close to last year’s total of 22,610 cars. For the record to be properly documented, we can say that Leaf’s US sales have surged 36% this year and should beat the 30,000 units threshold. According to Brendan Jones, director, Nissan electric vehicle Sales and Infrastructure, there are “nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today,” but the Leaf still managed to outsell its closest rival by 50% through September.
With an affordable price tag and a good range (for EV standards), the Leaf has managed to easily dominate the market since its introduction back in 2010. The only true competitor on the US market proved to be Chevy’s Volt plug-in hybrid, which delivered more than 23,000 units to customers in 2012 and 2013. The model – which is close to a model generation changeover (at the 2015 NAIAS) – has lost its pace this year, with sales down to 14,540 units for the same period.