Nissan LEAF Crushes EV Sales Record In May, Sells 3,117 Cars

7 months ago by Jay Cole 34

Nissan LEAF Sales Go "Off The Chart" In May

Nissan LEAF Sales Go “Off The Chart” In May

Nissan blew the doors off all pure electric sales records in May, notching more than 3,000 LEAFs sold…the first time that number has ever been eclipsed for a pure electric vehicle.

Nissan Set All Time Highest Selling Month For A Pure Electric Vehicle

Nissan Set All Time Highest Selling Month For A Pure Electric Vehicle

In total 3,117 were sold, which easily bested their own previous best selling month of 2,529 in December of last year.  May also marks an incredible run of 15 consecutive monthly sales records for the LEAF.

Versus May of 2013 when 2,138 were sold, sales improved by 46%.  Overall 10,389 have now been sold in 2014, which is 36% better then 2013 when 7,614 had been sold.

The 3,117 sales figure is also only the second time any plug-in has passed the 3k mark.  Still in first place overall is the 3,351 Chevy Volts sold in August of 2013.

“LEAF hit two major milestones in May with 50,000 total U.S. sales since launch and more than 3,100 total deliveries in a month,” said Toby Perry, Marketing Director and Overseas Program Director, Nissan LEAF. “LEAF is poised to take advantage of a market ripe for higher EV sales thanks to a great value proposition, an engaged base of owner-advocates, rapid increases in charging infrastructure in major markets across the country and new tax credits in Texas and other states.”

Surprisingly, Nissan’s Smyrna, TN assembly facility was also able to keep pace with LEAF production during May as national inventories actually rose slightly by months end.

Heading in June, we expect to see not only another strong month for the LEAF, but also a pricing announcement for the 2015 model year edition – with some 2015s perhaps hitting showrooms by month’s end.

As for what changes the 2015 MY brings; thanks to a dealer note from Canada, we can tell you… not a heck of a lot has changed. A new color choice, some changes in the standard equipment/packages. All the details on the new 2015 LEAF can be found here.

Also of interest: Nissan sold its 50,000 LEAF inside the US in May (full story and video on that here)

 

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34 responses to "Nissan LEAF Crushes EV Sales Record In May, Sells 3,117 Cars"

  1. Eric Loveday says:

    Sweet !!!!

    1. Gibber says:

      +1

  2. ClarksonCote says:

    I suspect Volt sales will not be near this. I wonder what the numbers will look like for the entire PHEV and BEV fleet once the Green decals are restored in California. I’m curious to try and discern through data if they have any meaningful effect on sales for PHEV’s.

    1. Brian says:

      Intriguing question. I suppose you would want to see numbers specific to California since it shouldn’t affect sales elsewhere.

  3. Elroy says:

    Very curious to see how the Volt sales compare.
    With this many LEAFs out there, I’m sure either Nissan or the aftermarket will come out with inexpensive and improved replacement battery packs.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      I’ve already seen companies offering replacement battery packs and services to even double the range of existing leafs.

      3000 leaf sales is something you can base a aftermarket industry off of.

      1. kdawg says:

        How much is it to double the range?

      2. Brian says:

        Seriously. Point us to said company, because I have not previously heard of this.

      3. Nate says:

        Sources?

        1. Ocean Railroader says:

          Here is the Company it is called Hybrid Industries http://hybridindustries.webs.com/

          that is adding the add on battery for the leaf. How it works is they had a extra 24 kilowatts to the leaf for $6500. They also offer battery rebuilding were they can fix a worn out battery. But the $6500 add on raises the range of the leaf to 160 miles according to them.

          1. Brian says:

            Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

            Looking at the website, however, this seems rather sketchy. The site is littered with horrible grammar and looks like it was designed by a high school student.

            I particularly enjoyed the “Why Us” section:


            Add some text about what sets you apart from your competition.

            You could also use this area to display a mission statement, information about your team, awards or certifications, or anything else that will help establish credibility.

            1. Ocean Railroader says:

              I don’t know if it’s for real or not. But what I really would like is for Inside EV’s to investigate this company to see if they are real or not in that they are based out of California. Another thing with the website is that I think it hasn’t been updated in a few months so things could have changed.

              If this is real or not it could prove that getting replacement batteries for a leaf might not be as bad as people are saying.

  4. GeorgeS says:

    Go little Leaf, go!!

  5. David Murray says:

    This is excellent news. It would be great if they could sustain this number or exceed it. I hope they do.

  6. Ocean Railroader says:

    Right now there are 3117 spaces at a hundred or so local gas stations sitting empty now. Along with 3117 cars that we don’t have to find declining oil reserves for.

    I feel that it’s in our nation’s best interest to raise EV production to 4000 and 5000 a month.

  7. Brian says:

    Excellent news! When can we say that the Leaf has officially crossed the chasm? Assuming Nissan can sustain these numbers, maybe it already has!

    1. David Murray says:

      Indeed.. I would say 3,000+ per month (36,000 per year) is probably enough to call it a mainstream car and not a niche product anymore. But it’s still a gray area.

      1. kdawg says:

        Well I’m looking forward to the day that the Leaf sells more than the Versa. There were 11,243 Versas last month :/

      2. Nate says:

        I think it would be tough to get 36k this year due to the earlier months. 30k should be realistic, and would be a fantastic improvement from previous years.

      3. Ocean Railroader says:

        I think leaf production is what is holding down sales of the car in that at this point they could start ordering the parts needed to raise production to 3500 and 4000 cars a month now.

        As for the Versa I wouldn’t rule at that the leaf is deverting some sales of the Versa and that the cars look very much in common.

        1. Nate says:

          Earlier stories on Insideevs explain why up to a point last year they were production constrained but that time has passed. Even if it has not, they should no longer be production constrained, unless their heads are up their a$$es. This is no longer a new model and they should have their act together by now.

          1. evnow says:

            They are about to introduce 2015 model, so that would be a reason to limit production.

            1. Nate says:

              LOL every year, every automaker does the same. It doesn’t limit production all year, especially when there is not a major redesign.

  8. kdawg says:

    At this rate, the total US Leaf sales will pass the total US Volt sales by the end of the year. It will be interesting to watch.

    Total Volts in the US = 61,390
    Total Leafs in the US = 52,511

  9. Mikael says:

    If Inside EV’s has any intention of being an international website then you got to start putting the country in question in the headline and clearly in the article.

    How hard can it be to add a little “in the US” in the headlines and articles?

    1. kdawg says:

      I’d prefer ‘Merica

      1. Brian says:

        +1

        And why is that? Because ‘Merica.

      2. Mikael says:

        Well… as long as ‘Merica is used everytime then I’m fine with that nick name. :P

        But I wouldn’t accept America since then I’d assume all 35 countries of America. :P

        1. Jay Cole says:

          I think your suggestion is a good one…and as about 30% of our traffic is outside of the US, it probably makes sense.

          …now if only I can remember in the future, (=

          1. Mikael says:

            Yay! This is one of the things I love about you guys (and girls?), the close connection with the readers/commenters. You interacting and taking tips of stories, imporvements etc. and making something great even better. =)

  10. Ted Fredrick says:

    At that rate the price of used Leafs should drop. Everytime I look the used price is about the same as a new one here in LA

    1. Nate says:

      Most of the used ones in my area are in the mid teens. It looks similar in your area:
      http://losangeles.craigslist.org/search/cta?minAsk=10000&autoMakeModel=LEAF

  11. Anthony says:

    I’m a Volt fan, but I tip my hat to the Leaf for continuing to kick ass in the sales department. At least one of us is surging in the electrification battle – it could be worse, we could both be performing poorly.

  12. pjkPA says:

    How many Leafs would be sold if we put the same tax on it as the Japanese put on the Volt? If you want to buy a Volt in Japan it will cost you twice the price GM charges for the car… no “incentives” for American made cars in Japan… while we GIVE the Japanese companies $7500 in federal money alone!