Nissan sells 25,000 electric cars

Nissan Motor Co. has sold 25,000 of its all-electric five-door hatchback, the Leaf, according to the automaker. In April, the Leaf has had a 423.5 percent year-over-year sales increase.

Nissan said demand for their electric vehicles is high on the West Coast, but also in new sales strongholds like Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Raleigh, Chicago and St. Louis. Leaf was the top-selling car for Nissan in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and San Diego.

Also, Nissan has announced plans with its charging station technology partners to add 50 additional EV charging stations in communities where Leaf sales are highest. The company wants to triple the number of Nissan-branded electric car chargers from 200 to 600.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) range for the 2013 model year Leaf is 75 miles. The EPA rated the Leaf’s combined fuel economy at 115 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.

The battery, electric motor and the car itself are manufactured in Tennessee. Nissan is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In 2012, Nissan sold nearly 5 million vehicles.

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