It's time to celebrate (responsibly): Nissan North America says it has sold a total of 25,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles in the United States.
The Nissan Leaf was first announced in 2009, but didn't go on sale in the United States until December 2010. The electric vehicle--one of the first in a line of modern electric vehicles--claims a range of about 100 miles (or 73, according to the EPA's testing methods) thanks to a 24-kWh, lithium-ion battery pack. The Nissan Leaf is powered by a 110-hp AC electric motor and weighs a total of 3291 pounds (in 2013 spec).
Hitting 25,000 sales took some measure of time: Nissan sold just 19 in 2010 (all in its launch month, December), but sales picked up to 9693 in 2011. Nissan Leaf sales hit 9819 in 2012, and Nissan claims 5476 sales in the first four months of this year, enough to set up a record year for the car. As of May first, Nissan sold 24,988 units of the car, just shy of the 25k mark. (Total sales internationally hit about 62,000 last month.)
Now that the Nissan Leaf has hit the 25,000 mark, it sits in some rarefied air: the only electric car that comes close is the Chevrolet Volt, although that range-extended EV has sold 37,008 units in roughly the same time frame (the car also went on sale in December 2010). General Motors claims the Volt (and its sibling, the Opel Ampera) have sold 38,713 units through the end of 2012. The Mitsubishi i-MIEV has sold just 1420 units in the same two and a half years.
Nissan hopes to pick up the pace this year with a lighter, cheaper Leaf. Can the Nissan Leaf hit 50,000 sales in less than 2.5 years this time around? Let us know what you think.