It’s almost impossible to imagine that there are things that can’t be found and bought in America, especially when this thing is an electric vehicle. America always seemed like a country that has everything you could ever imagine having. Despite that reputation, it’s almost unimaginable to buy a Nissan Leaf in North American market these days.
The demand for electric car Nissan Leaf in the United States exceeds its supply so that the Company was forced to officially warn its dealers about the origin of the deficit. The head of Nissan\'s marketing and sale of electric cars department, Eric Gottfried, told the reporters about a situation when buyers will have to wait for their Leaf for weeks, even months, and the deficit will, unfortunately, continue at least until the autumn. \"We are doing everything we can to increase the production and create more inventory, but it takes more time than Company managers have estimated\" - he admitted.
To this date Nissan Leaf is the most popular eco-friendly car not only in the U.S. but around the globe and has already sold more than 70,000 copies, half of which was sold in the United States.
Monthly sales in this country surely passed over 2,000 units - even at home in Japan, the sales figure for Leaf are smaller.
To make these models faster Nissan Company was forced to open a third production line in Tennessee. Earlier Leaf was produced only in Yokohama and at the British plant in Sunderland. The production capacity of the conveyor is 150 000 vehicles per year, which will help override the unusual demand in North American market, but the plant is not functioning in its full capacity so far. Analysts believe that in the following years the demand for electric cars will increase due to a lower production costs, and hence their retail price. Well, let’s hope this prognosis is true and everyone will be able to afford and also maintain an electric vehicle in the nearest future and our ecology will become better and people would be healthier and happier.