The Nissan Leaf may be one of the two most-successful electric vehicles in the world, but it’s still a little behind original sales predictions.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn may have been a little optimistic when he announced that it would sell 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2016. Well, he was probably more than a little overoptimistic, but who can blame him? The Nissan Leaf, as well as most other electric vehicles, haven’t sold as well as originally predicted. Actually, the only reason Tesla Model S isn’t behind sales targets is because production is actually less than demand, not to mention that the Tesla Model S is just an awesome electric vehicle, or vehicle of any kind, but I’m distracting myself.
The Nissan Leaf currently has about 48% of the electric vehicle market, and has just sold its 100,000th unit to a dentist in the United Kingdom. Thanks to falling prices and technological advances, the Nissan Leaf is proving to be far more popular than any of its competitors, at least in its own price range. We recently covered the buyer of the 99,999th Nissan Leaf buyer in Viginia, who wasn’t even looking for a new car, much less an electric vehicle.
In spite of Nissan Leaf sales not quite close to the 1.5 million by 2016 prediction, Nissan continues to press forward, increasing production, improving battery range, and dropping prices. The new prediction is that Nissan will sell 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2020, giving a little more time for the electric vehicle to catch on the public conscience.