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Nissan Leaf Achieves Major Milestones

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Nissan Leaf has become profitable, a major milestone for the electric car, according to the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

The automaker said that more than 147,000 Leaf vehicles have been sold globally to date. Leaf sales in the U.S. are up 35 percent so far this year and monthly deliveries have increased for 21 consecutive months, the automaker said.

The Leaf also set a November record with 2,687 sales here, an increase of 34.1 percent, Nissan North America reported earlier this week.

The 2015 Leaf is on sale now at Nissan dealerships.

The U.S. is the Alliance's biggest electric vehicle market.

Nissan is working with its dealers and charging partners to increase the number of EV quick chargers in operation. There are more than 750 in operation now. Nissan plans to increase that number to 1,100 by mid-2015.

The quick chargers are able to charge a Leaf from zero to 80 percent capacity in about 30 minutes.

This year, Nissan also launched its "No Charge to Charge" program, which provides free access to selected charging stations for two years with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan Leaf. "No Charge to Charge" is currently active in 12 U.S. markets, and Nissan plans to expand to additional markets by mid-2015.

Key Leaf competitors include the Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric and Toyota Prius.

The revised 2016 Chevrolet Volt will debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Edmunds says: The Leaf is becoming increasingly popular with car shoppers, as the numbers bear out.

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