Ghosn says Leaf sales will double in 2012

Ghosn says Leaf sales will double in 2012

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This undated photo made available by Nissan, shows the 2011 Nissan Leaf. The first all-electric car offered in the United States by a mainstream auto manufacturer since the early days of the automobile, the new-for-2011 Leaf has seats for five, a roomy, straightforward interior and a surprisingly solid, stable feel. (AP Photo/Nissan) NO SALES

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Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn expects U.S. sales of the electric Nissan Leaf will double to at least 20,000 this year as the car goes on sale in more states.

Nissan sold 9,674 Leafs last year, but the car was initially available in only seven states. It's now available in 30 states.

Ghosn says improved inventory will also boost sales. The company now makes the Leaf in Japan, but plans to start building Leafs in the Tennessee later this year.

The Leaf outsold the Chevrolet Volt, its nearest competitor, by around 2,000 cars. Unlike the Leaf, which is a pure electric, the Volt has a backup gas engine.

Ghosn remains bullish on the electric car market, saying he believes they'll make up 10 percent of sales by 2020.

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