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Top 15 LEAF year-to-date in 2013. Source: Click to enlarge.

Nissan a list of the top 15 markets in the US for the Nissan battery-electric vehicle. Nissan sales in the United States are up by year-over-year since the launch of the 2013 model in March. post .) Nissan has sold LEAFs in the US during the first 7 of 2013an increase of 230% the 3,543 units for the same in 2012.

Four of the top 15 markets are in San Francisco (1), Los Angeles San Diego (7) and Sacramento (8). three are on the West Coast and in Seattle (4), Portland and Honolulu (6).

LEAF has sold well on the West for a number of reasons—state tax incentives stack on top of federal, High-Occupancy (HOV) and High-Occupancy Toll access, environmental mindedness, a of early adopters and an EV culture and that dates back to of the earliest EV experiments before took them mass-market. In for several months LEAF has the Nº 1 seller in the Nissan portfolio in Portland and San Francisco.

Erik Gottfried, Nissan of EV Sales and Marketing

The Top 15 LEAF nationally, rank-ordered (Nissan not specify sales data to the DMA level, but does suggest for the sales performance):

San Francisco. is among the top ten best-selling vehicles, of powertrain.

Los Angeles. LEAF well because of a good infrastructure, a dense urban and congestion.

Atlanta, a “New EV market that has nabbed the Nº 3 due to a number of factors including where LEAF performs state incentives and HOV and HOT access. has a tax credit worth up to $5,000 for vehicles. In Atlanta, Nissan outreach has resulted in more 100 LEAF sales to Southern employees.

Seattle. Energy companies been a major proponent in the West Coast Electric that has helped to educate and raise awareness for EVs.

Oregon has a Chief EV Officer to EV use.

Honolulu, with 26 chargers, has one of densest charging in the US. The island environment also it easier to strategically place points so that EV drivers easy access to reach key EVs fit into a larger energy-independence in Hawaii since the state can its own energy and become less on shipping in fuel.

San Diego ranks in the top LEAF for many of the same reasons in California and West Coast state tax incentives, HOV/HOT and general environment-mindedness.

Sacramento as capital has a high level of and education around EVs with a of early adopters and an appreciation of EV

Nashville, home of Nissan headquarters and the plants that both LEAF and its battery. “New Wave” EV markets a high level of viral growth. In Nashville, Nissan credit to a robust charging and a core group of employee who raised awareness of the practicality of the in the market in 2011.

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St. Louis, the reasons for growth in this Wave” market include dealer engagement that in increased community education and corporate and university outreach and pragmatism that appreciates the equation of an EV.

Chicago and Denver (tied). In charging infrastructure growth has more recent and now is robust. provides a $4,000 state tax for purchases and reduced registration

Driving habits in Chicago are heavy with suburban to commuting patterns. The enhanced range of the 2013 LEAFpartially by the energy-efficient hybrid heater is an especially important feature for helped make the EV a viable car in this huge car market, said.

Helping to popularize in the greater Denver market is $6,000 state tax credit, EV dealers who sponsor considerable education and awareness activities and a green-mindedness in the market.

Washington D.C. Again, the footprint with urban-suburban in easy range, strong demographics of highly educated in a tech corridor and a quickly fast charger network to the increasing popularity of LEAF in the capital. Additionally, for the greater area, Maryland offers a EV tax credit.

Dallas-Ft. Worth, has a healthy charging infrastructure in the that is home to NRG’s which provides car charging Adoption of EVs in the market also has accelerated by peer-to-peer selling at and transportation workplaces such as Instruments and BNSF Railroad.

is planning to offer a $2,500 rebate for EV purchases.

New York Demographics and compact footprint helped make EVs popular in surrounding Manhattan. Communities in the such as Princeton and Westchester and of Long Island and New Jersey are conducive to home charging are the popular.

The New York market also from sales of small EV including the NY Department of Sanitation. projects such as the LEAF pilot have helped to consumer awareness.

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