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Nissan Leaf hits the 50K mark, becomes world's most popular electric car

csmonitor -- Nissan's Leaf electric car has become the highest-selling electric car of all time.

The company has now sold more than 50,000 examples of the Leaf, sold across Japan, Europe and the U.S.

Since the car went on sale in 2010, those 50,000 Leaf owners have racked up over 161 million miles. In reality, that figure is probably even higher--Nissan can only monitor those Leafs equipped with the Carwings telemetry system, and not every owner has registered.

Naturally, that's higher than the 100 million electric miles covered by Chevy Volt drivers, whose electric range is smaller--but together, owners of the two cars have racked up significantly more than quarter of a billion electric miles.

Throw in Teslas, the Mitsubishi i, and other plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars on sale to


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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 6:01:57 AM

Alrighty then.
millerin
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:13:11 AM

great!
Van_Halen
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 6:28:40 PM

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161 Million Miles is NOTHING to brag about over a three year period. It basically amounts to nothing and shows how inefficient and useless a vehicle that can only go 100 miles on a charge is!

Even if the Leaf was only driven 4 days a week for a quarter of its available 100 miles per charge, they should have driven 780 Million miles by now!
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:59:31 PM

Good for Nissan
humblepie
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:38:44 PM

i think even rolls royce sold more
briinnc
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:38:24 PM

Trust the Japanese to make it work.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:16:55 PM

Good
335d1
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 12:46:11 PM

Interesting story, once the range increases and prices comes down, I would take a look at an EV.
TXRanger09
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 12:12:50 PM

I hear "I love my Volt" or "I love my Leaf" far too often. Is this a result of spending too much on something and living in total denial? We've all done it, maybe not on such a large ticket item.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 11:45:37 AM

Whatever!
hrtdi
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 9:19:27 AM

great but I gotta say it again:that car is so ugly!!!
leeac
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 8:17:14 AM

EVs and hybrids are the future of personal transportation.
werich44
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 8:12:42 AM

For the vast majority of people, EV's just do not make sense.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 8:08:42 AM

Look at the breakdown of this 50k number across Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Compare the U.S. number with total U.S. sales or vehicles on the road. All hype.
ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:40:22 AM

Waste.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:39:33 AM

Great news! m
Means it won't be long before prices for electric cars will be down to $10k then we can all afford going Green. Yippee!!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:27:28 AM

cut the cord..........
doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:07:36 AM

Comical that 50K is some major event..... and who cares?
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:02:35 AM

50K......wow. The market is flooded. They're everywhere!
wrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 6:41:48 AM

Only 50,000 since 2010 - shocking.

Shockingly disappointing.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 6:38:25 AM

Yawn!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 6:37:52 AM

Glad to hear the owners are happy. If I was ready to run errands in an appliance then one of them might work. However, I still get some enjoyment out of driving and like the smile that the Vette brings to my face. Enjoy what you drive, if you can.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 5:30:07 AM

I would consider one for my daily errands which consists of back and forth to daughter's school, local shopping expeditions, and most of the short trips that my family takes on a weekly basis. Right now my Volvo gets approximately 20 mpg around town and I'm doing about 300 miles per week or one tankful. At $4.00 per gallon x 15 gallons per week x 4 weeks = $240.00 per month savings. If I could get one for a payment around that level it might work; though I still haven't considered maintenance/repair costs on the Volvo and higher insurance on the Leaf.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 3:35:17 AM

K
Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:24:24 AM

Not for me either.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:24:01 AM

in 3 model yrs ONLY 50k???
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:22:43 AM

I would not buy an EV.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:17:57 AM

not for me
darshanzala
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:17:53 AM

Still much more research to do in this area...
Retowered
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 2:16:08 AM

I'm still don't like EVs.cars.
Bearcat500
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:59:28 AM

I'd like to see a graph of their sales over a time period. I am thinking the trend line on the graph is up. 50,000 units isn't exactly putting it on par with a Camry, Focus or Civic but if sales are trending up it's a good thing.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:51:49 AM

On Feb 17, 2013 12:27:47 AM, neemund wrote:

>I see two Leafs driving around where I live so I see them
>on the road regularly. I don't think I've ever seen a Volt
>on the road.

I've seen three Volts, but two of them were not moving. I know there were three because I was curious which of the area Chevy dealers had the Volt and each one was sold by a different dealer.

On the other hand, I have never noticed a Leaf on the road. FWIW, the three nearest Nissan dealers do sell them.
10k
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:45:02 AM

why would there ever be such as thing as a "most popular EV" ??..they ain't even gonna exist in 10 years..
TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:37:30 AM

And how many of those miles were used on US highways without paying their fair share of the road & bridges maintenance fees largely because the Gov. wanted more EVs on the road so the rest of us are paying for their free ride. In addition we paid for their rebates in the USA also. And this is what Pres. obama calls Equal access for all to everything! How many Americans could afford to buy a new EV in this economy even if they wanted to buy one? More Gov Sanctioned ripp off to benefit a few.
gasper
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:34:01 AM

I can not afford one so I will stick with my Nissan Xterra.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:32:57 AM

No surprizes here.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:30:53 AM

I'll keep my Lexus!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:30:14 AM

got one for me? free?
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:29:27 AM

Still not for me.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:27:47 AM

I see two Leafs driving around where I live so I see them on the road regularly. I don't think I've ever seen a Volt on the road.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:27:39 AM

I'm still not sold on EVs.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:27:29 AM

Sounds like sci-fi
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:25:35 AM

Nice
granitestater
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:24:56 AM

These people are buying a pig in a poke.
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:24:50 AM

LOL @ SilliesRock! Touche!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:24:30 AM

Great for Nissan and the other electrics! The more they make and sell, the lower the price should get and the sales price could be at the level a regular person can afford it. See what you can do Nissan.
SilliesRock
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:23:59 AM

The REAL best selling electric car is made by Playskool. They also perform better than the "Leaf".
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:22:56 AM

50000 units or 50000 dollars each....... : )
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:21:16 AM

why are people buying these cars as they are rubbish
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:18:05 AM

Good luck with that!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 1:16:19 AM

Nissan Leaf: Not for normal people.
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