Finally, 50,000 Nissan LEAFs has been sold in the United States, making the nameplate the first pure electric vehicle to achieve the milestone in the country. The 50,000th leaf were purchased by Dallas residents Todd and Lisa Bolt, with the family taking the delivery of their black LEAF SL this month at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville.
The city of Dallas as well as the state of Texas has been becoming a hot beds for the Nissan LEAF, thanks to owner advocates and strong public charging infrastructure, as well as to the carmaker’s free charging promotion.
For the first four months of 2014, Nissan saw sales of the LEAF surged by around 50 percent in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex compared to the same period last year. Nissan is expected to post further growth in LEAF sales in the area thanks partly to a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new unit.
Todd Bolt said that aside from being impressed by the fact that they don’t have to buy gas to fuel their LEAF, they are also impressed with how well the LEAF drives. He remarked that their family and friends were surprised that the LEAF is “so quiet and rides so well.”
He noted that the LEAF does everything the family need day-to-day, adding that considering the savings they gained from it, “I don't know why we'd buy another gas car." The LEAF fever caught at Gateway Church, where Todd is a pastor. In fact, an executive pastor also decided to buy a Nissan LEAF.
Currently, over 20 employees of the church are proud owners of Nissan LEAFs, even jokingly referring to themselves as the "Blessed LEAFs Club."
Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are two of the 10 launch markets for Nissan’s "No Charge to Charge" promotion that provides two years of free public charging to new LEAF buyers who purchased their units after April 1, 2014.
Nissan has already sold almost 115,000 LEAFs globally since launching the EV, making it best-selling electric vehicle in the world. Nissan LEAF has a starting price of less than $30,000.