Worldwide Sales Now Total Nearly 115,000, Automaker Says
Nissan is celebrating delivery of the 50,000th pure battery electric Leaf vehicle, to a family in Texas, and says that worldwide sales number almost 115,000.
“Thanks to enthusiastic owner advocates, robust public charging infrastructure and the launch of a successful free charging promotion, Dallas – and the state of Texas – have become hot growth markets for Leaf,” the automaker says: “So far in 2014, Leaf sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have grown by about 50% over the previous year.”
A new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new Nissan Leaf has helped spur sales, Nissan says.
‘Everything We Need Day-to-Day’
“Beyond the simple economics of not buying gas, we’ve been impressed with how well the Leaf drives,” Todd Bolt of Southlake, driver of the 50,000th car, says in the Nissan release. “When we show the Leaf off to family and friends, they’re surprised that the car is so quiet and rides so well. The Leaf does everything we need day-to-day, and given the financial savings, I don’t know why we’d buy another gas car.”
Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are among ten launch markets for “No Charge to Charge,” a promotion that provides two years of no-cost public charging to new Leaf buyers who took delivery of their car after April 1.
“Texas is a great indicator that the right mix of customer awareness and strategically placed charging can lead to rapid EV adoption, and we expect to use that model to grow our sales in markets across the U.S., said Nissan EV marketing director Toby Perry.
With nearly 115,000 global sales, Nissan Leaf is the world’s top-selling EV, Nissan says.
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