With 20,000 Nissan Leafs finding homes since going on sale last December, the Japanese automaker is expanding the availability of the electric hatchback to seven more states to heighten the electrification of the world. This week, Nissan has reopened ordering for the 2012 Nissan Leaf and begun taking new orders in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
For the 2012 model year, Nissan is including once-optional cold-weather features and the quick charger as standard as the car finds colder climates. Still, Nissan’s Brian Carolin, Nissan’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said that the car’s success is proof that the electric Leaf “fulfills the daily needs of drivers from all walks of life.” This comes despite the car’s 100-mile range per full charge.
Through November, Nissan has sold 8720 Leafs in the U.S. with a full-scale push to reach 20,000 sales annually after its first full year. The Leaf now on sale in 29 states and Washington D.C., and Nissan says it’s on pace to open up nationwide sales of its compact electric vehicle by March 2012.