12 Jul '11, 7pm

MT @ScienceHsu: Nissan Leaf has sold 4,000 cars in 7 states, 8 months. Revenge of e-car unfolding?

MT @ScienceHsu: Nissan Leaf has sold 4,000 cars in 7 states, 8 months. Revenge of e-car unfolding?

Only Available in 7 States So Far, So It's Just the Beginning... Since it was introduced in 2008, Tesla has sold about 1,650 electric Roadsters in 30 countries. Since it was introduced in a handful of U.S. states about 6 months ago (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon and Washington, with additional markets launching later this year), the Nissan LEAF electric car has sold over 4,000 units. If that's not a success, I don't know what is. Now of course, the Roadster and LEAF are very different beasts; the Tesla is faster, has a longer range and is more expensive. And without Tesla kicking the hornet's nest in 2006, the LEAF, Volt, Focus Electric, etc, might never have seen the light of day... But to make a difference, this technology must at some point transition to the mainstream, and nothing guarantees that the innovator will be the one bringing it there.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/nissan-leaf-elect...

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