Although coming from a low base, sales of the all-electric Nissan LEAF have rocketed in the United States. Drivers have bought 11,703 LEAFs during the first 7 months of this year. That’s a rise of 230% from the number of cars bought during the same period last year.
This bodes well not just for the future of the LEAF, but for electric cars in general. As we also know, there is also strong demand for the much more expensive (and much longer range) all-electric Tesla Model S sedan in the United States.
Unsurprisingly, San Francisco is the number 1 market for the Nissan LEAF, where it’s now in the overall top 10 best selling cars in the city. Still in California, Los Angeles is the number 2 market, perhaps due to the frustration of wasting gasoline while crawling along in the notorious L.A. traffic. Atlantic has become the number 3 market for the LEAF, perhaps because of traffic congestion again, state incentives for electric vehicles, and access to HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes. Rounding out the top 10 markets in order are: Seattle, Portland, Honolulu, San Diego, Sacramento, Nashville, St Louis.
Nissan is aiming to make a push nationwide, now that it is seeing increasing demand for the LEAF in many markets across the US. No doubt a big part of the increased demand has been because of the substantial drop in price. Needless to say, people like paying less.