Nissan LEAF passes Chevrolet Volt in 2011 sales race

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Carlos Ghosn doesn’t lie – and when he said early last month that Nissan LEAF deliveries will pass 1,500 units, he meant just that.

Up until now, LEAF sales have averaged around 113 units a month during the first 4 months of U.S. deliveries. Sales reached 1,142 units in May. However, in June, Nissan delivered a record 1,708 units of the LEAF to U.S. customers, which brings the total number of fully-electric LEAFs to 3,875.

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That’s more than GM’s Chevrolet Volt, which sold just 561 units in June and a total of 2,745 in the first half.

“We’ve been telling you we’d grow every month, and now you’re seeing more normalized production flow,” said Al Castignetti, Nissan’s vice president of U.S. sales. “We’re starting to catch up with the reservations.”

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Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.

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Source: Automotive News