Nissan is ready to shift production of the LEAF electric car into higher gear if demand from buyers stays high. Automotive News explains the surge in demand very well:
Nissan dealers have been asking the company for more LEAF supply, which in itself could help with sales since the EVs should be more available for test-drives and close up inspections (it's a bigger leap of faith to order a car that you haven't seen).
Retailers have been selling about 2,000 Leafs a month lately -- three to four times its volume of a year ago, before the car was moved into U.S. production.
Through July, Nissan sold 11,703 Leafs in the United States -- a 230 percent increase over the 3,543 units sold during the seven months last year. The company sold 1,864 of the cars in July, compared with 395 during July 2012.
Nissan has already added a third shift to its plant that makes electric motors in Tennessee, supply of which was a bottleneck. A decision will be made next month on adding a second work shift to the lithium-ion battery production line, also in Tennessee, and then further increases will be made as demand requires.