Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf
Sales are running at low voltage for the EV Leaf, falling 55% to 510 in May. Early-adopter sales have withered, and ordinary customers have wised up to the limitations of electric cars. Leaf expects to get a lift later this year when it begins battery production in Tennessee in September, and the car itself starts rolling off a nearby assembly line in December. Expectations are still optimistically high. Nissan is planning on doubling Leaf sales to 22,000 units this year and hopes to reach the 60,000-vehicle mark in 2013.

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated June 06 2012: 9:50 AM ET
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