Georgia Nissan Dealers Brace For Tumbling LEAF Sales
Effective yesterday, Georgia’s $5,000 tax credit for purchasing electric cars disappeared.
The state of Georgia had been a hot bed for pure electric cars, like the Nissan LEAF. But with the $5,000 incentive now gone, the state’s demand for electric cars will surely wane.
Nissan dealers in the state of Georgia are especially concerned.
Scott Middleton, sales manager at Town Center Nissan in Kennesaw, Georgia, says that monthly LEAF sales at that single dealership were typically in the range of 100 units. He expects sales to fall to single digits starting in July:
“It’s going to drop like a cinder block off the side of a boat.”
Fred Diaz, Nissan senior vice president for U.S. sales, marketing and operations, told Automotive News that the expiration of Georgia’s $5,000 credit will surely impact sales, but he’s not sure how severe the impact will be:
“We don’t know how severe the impact will be yet.”
“We haven’t been selling LEAFs because people are environmental. We’ve been selling them because of the state credits.”
With Georgia’s state credit now gone, it’s quite likely that the state will move to midpack or near the bottom of the list of state-by-state sales of electric cars.
Source: Automotive News