Number of Nissan LEAFs in the U.S.

Number of Nissan LEAFs in the U.S.

The Nissan LEAF is selling at its highest rate ever with the latest record of 2,529 units sold in December. This increasingly sales pace seems stable from April on when the U.S.-made LEAF entered market.

It will be interesting to see if Nissan will be able to engage an even higher gear in 2014 and sell 3,000 units a month on average - in line with new production levels at the company's Smyrna, TN assembly plant.

Sales of LEAF for now is growing much faster then all Nissan cars, despite the Japanese company having its best year ever with sales up 10.8% year over year (9.4% including Infiniti).

"Nissan announced today total U.S. sales for December 2013 of 109,758 units, an increase of 10.5 percent compared to last year. In 2013, Nissan sold 1,248,420 vehicles in the U.S., an increase of 9.4 percent over 2012 and the best annual sales total in Nissan's history."

In December, LEAF sales rose by 70%, and in 2013 by 130%. Thanks to that, the LEAF recently reached a new record of 4.4% share in Nissan cars (excluding trucks).

The LEAF's average share of Nissan vehicle sales in 2013 was at nearly 3.3%.  In 2012 the average was 1.5%.  Soon, Nissan should be able to hit 5.0%, which means that one per 20 new Nissan cars is fully electric.