Nissan is being coy on October figures 'cos there's still a day to go in the month, but we can take a wild stab in the dark at guessing the grand total. In the United States alone, Nissan managed to sell more than 2,000 Leafs per month, in some months moving in excess of 3,000. This equates to January - October sales of over 23,822, trumping 2013 by 788 units.
The Leaf's success is also the result of Nissan being considerate with making it affordable for the masses. With pricing starting at $22,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit, it's no wonder the cheeky Leaf sold better than the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BMW i3, Ford Focus Electric or the pretty expensive Tesla Model S.
Even if sales have surged by more than 36 percent in the US alone and global sales surpassed 142,000 vehicles, the Leaf has been bettered by engineers since it was launched four years ago. As a brief reminder of what the Japanese model can do, the 2015 Leaf can travel up to 84 miles (135 kilometers) on a full charge and a fast-charging station can juice the battery up to 80 percent capacity in half an hour.