Global sales milestoneHave you seen the documentary Revenge of the Electric Car? If you have, you know that Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's CEO, has pretty much bet his career and the company on electric cars. Not only did he invest big bucks in developing the technology over many years, but he had more ambitious goal for the ramp up of production than many of his competitors, with the Smyrna plant in Tennessee alone expected to be able produce up to 150,000 electric vehicles and 200,000 battery packs per year.
We're not quite there yet. As we recently reported, Nissan sold 22,610 LEAF EVs in the US in 2013. But if you look at global numbers, according to Nissan the LEAF has a 45% market share among electric vehicles and cumulative sales has just reached the 100,000 units sold milestone. Not bad considering they reached 50,000 in February of this year.
LEAF #100,000 was bought by Dr. Brett Garner, pictured above. He lives in Fareham in the UK, where he practices dentistry (he does have a nice smile):“I have chosen my Nissan LEAF because I am very interested in its running costs," Dr. Garner said. “The cost of ownership such as maintenance, insurance and charging also convinced my wife. She had the experience of driving 500 miles in a borrowed LEAF and the low cost was remarkable. So she was converted and insisted that we had a LEAF. The Nissan LEAF is perfect for everyday commuting, and there is no problem with charging it. It is ideal for the family as it is quiet and not tiring even on longer journeys, because there is no vibration. Above all, it is a fun to drive car!"
The runner up, almost getting #100,000 but actually buying LEAF #99,999 is Amy Eichenberger of Charlottesville, Va., pictured above.
"As an architect, the style first got my attention, and I loved the concept of zero emissions," Amy said. "The general fuel economy out there is unimpressive and many of them felt tin-canny. I didn't even want to look at anything in the 20 MPG range. I considered the VW Jetta TDI, Toyota Prius, Honda CRV and a couple of Subaru wagons, and I always came back to the Nissan LEAF. Everything else seemed stuck in the past."
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