Nissan Leaf Sets New Electric Car Sales Record

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatchback is racking up deliveries, in fact it’s the best selling EV in the United States.

How well is this battery-powered car doing? Well, with more than two months remaining in 2014 the Leaf has already broken the record for most EV sales in a calendar year. The previous record was 22,610 and was set in 2013. Ok, that’s a pretty modest number but in topping that figure this car already has a 50 percent lead over its nearest competitor.

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Through the month of September year-over-year sales of the Leaf are up 36 percent. More than 142,000 of these eco-friendly cars have been sold since it launched in 2010; some 64,000 of those have been in the U.S.

After an available $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles the Nissan Leaf starts at right around $22,000, which is not too unreasonable. With seating for five and a maximum advertised range of 84 miles the Leaf is certainly a capable EV.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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