Nissan Leaf Second Plug-in Ever To Sell 100,000 In US

With 1,412 U.S. Leaf sales last month, the cumulative total since its launch is 100,241 units, making it the second plug-in to cross the 100,000 plug-in car milestone.

The first was the Chevy Volt, which was launched the same month, December 2010, crossed the line in July, and now has 107,267 with 2,191 sold in October.

The U.S. has been the Leaf’s biggest market, and its peak sales year was 2014 with 30,200 units sold.

Worldwide, about 239,000 Leafs have gone to new owners through September.

Other markets where the Leaf through September is strong include second-place Japan, with 69,833 units, and Europe, with about 63,000.

When the Leaf was first launched, word has it polar bears everywhere rejoiced.

When the Leaf was first launched, word has it polar bears everywhere rejoiced.

Norway alone has scooped up 18,600 through September and over 25,000 are registered if one counts used imported Leafs. The UK is next over there, with 15,000 Leafs.

Sales this year and last for the Leaf have however tapered off. This year the car has just 10,650 in the U.S.

Nissan this year introduced a 30-kWh battery with 107 miles range and now offers this on its cheapest roughly $30,000 S trim, but a lull continues as consumers await a refreshed version, or the pending 60-kWh, 238-mile 2017 Chevy Bolt or 215-plus-mile 2018 Tesla Model 3.

That plus cheap gas and other choices mean Nissan needs to introduce the revision ASAP. It has said the wait will be worth it, however, and range comparable to the Chevy and Teslla are expected as is new styling.

The Leaf has pioneered the mainstream electric car segment, and to this day it is still setting records, being the first all-electric car to sell past 100,000 in the U.S.