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Nissan well short of sales target for Leaf electric cars Reuters

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DETROIT — Nissan Motor Co ( ) is falling well short of its of doubling sales of its Leaf car this fiscal year as in the United States are particularly despite high gas prices.

Nissan Chief Executive Ghosn set a target of doubling Leaf sales in the current year that runs March 2013, the pace need to increase dramatically as are up only 9 percent in the first months through August.

sales in the United States are 56 percent from April August, and down 31.5 this calendar year.

North America spokesman Reuter said U.S. should improve once it more to the markets where it best. Leaf debuted in 2010 in Japan and in seven areas in the United States.

Leaf is not the only EV to struggle in the market. General Motors ( GM.N ) Chevrolet Volt hybrid car has come up short of forcing the U.S. automaker to the plant that makes the In addition, Fisker Automotive’s plug-in has experienced numerous and was just panned by Consumer for being plagued with

Overseas, however, Leaf has better. Sales so far this year are up 125 percent in Japan, demand was hurt last by the March earthquake and tsunami. are also up 207 percent in Europe, the Leaf did not roll out as quickly.

Nissan has sold 37,285 since it was introduced. Of that 17,710 have been in Japan; 13,921 in North 4,881 in Europe; and 773 in other Nissan said.


Unrealistic expectations among consumers about EVs also hurt as Nissan agreed to buy two Leafs from unsatisfied in Arizona, where seven have been vocal in forums about their mainly over the shrinking of storage capacity of their batteries.

Reuter said the drivers were operating cars beyond Nissan’s When tested by company all seven cars were within expectations, he said.

The Leaf is not for every driver, Reuter.

You need to make your driving style and needs fit the output of the vehicle, he We know that the wide of U.S. drivers drive no than 40 miles a day. The Leaf is a perfect vehicle for individuals.

For those who drive than that, it may not be.

The Arizona were using and recharging batteries at a faster rate most Leaf drivers, the batteries to lose capacity than the manual told to expect.

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The affected Leaf owners averaging 16,500 miles Reuter said. The car’s manual says that normal conditions and with annual mileage of 12,500, the storage capacity of a Leaf drop to 80 percent in five Reuter said.

The customers in became concerned when Leaf models, with an age of about 15 months, were to 84 percent or 85 percent already, he

A battery’s capacity shrinks quickly in the early stages of use and tapers off, Reuter By the time a Leaf battery is 10 old, it will have 70 percent of its initial capacity, he


The Leaf is in its first generation. The has not said when it will the second generation, but the new 2013 will have some features, which Reuter not divulge.

The 2013 Leaf be introduced in the U.S. market in the quarter of 2013, the same production of Leaf models begin at the Nissan plant in Tennessee. So far, all Leaf have been made in

The Leaf battery plant to the Smyrna assembly plant open within a few days, said.

It will have a to produce 200,000 lithium-ion a year. The assembly plant be able to produce up to 150,000 models a year, well expected demand in the near-term.

(Reporting By Bernie Woodall; by Kenneth Barry)

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