Friday, March 02, 2012

2012 Nissan Leaf Branches Out to All Markets in U.S.


Nissan has become the leader in the electric arms race, putting its 2012 Leaf hatchback on sale in all 50 states for the first time as of today. With 21 more states opening ordering for the Nissan Leaf, it looks like the electric sales race is just about to begin.

“There is no longer any doubt that a 100-percent electric, zero-emissions vehicle fulfills the needs and desires of drivers from around the globe,” says Nissan North America’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, Brian Carolin in a statement.

Reservation holders for the 2012 Nissan Leaf will be notified this week that they can begin ordering their cars. In a week from now, Nissan will open up ordering to the rest of the buying public. Deliveries will begin in the new markets by summertime.

Already, Nissan has sold more than 22,000 Leaf electric cars globally, accounting for the largest share of plug-in battery-electric cars to date. But General Motors looks to be on the assault, as it finally outpaced Nissan last month, selling 1023 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids to the 478 Nissan Leaf hatchbacks that left dealerships. Through the first two months of 2012, the Chevrolet Volt has found 1626 new homes while Nissan Leaf has made its way from dealerships 1154 times. That’s quite the role reversal from 2011′s results, despite only being a short way through the year.

This is turning out to be a soy-eating greenie version of the annual Mustang-versus-Camaro sales race, and most other plug-in and electric cars that will serve as competition haven’t even arrived yet. Let the corporate smack-talking begin.