Nissan sells more than 20,000 electric vehicles Leafs in first year

Nissan’s uber-green Leaf electric car has become the poster child for why zero-emission vehicles may be the wave of the future. Only a few months after announcing that it sold 10,000 electric cars Leaf in international markets, Nissan stated at the Tokyo Motor Show today that the company has sold over 20,000 Leafs since the car went on sale in December of 2010.

Of the 9,000 Leafs that have been sold to U.S. owners, over 60 percent went to homes in California, where owners no doubt admire their electric cars while enjoying their tasty organic kale and starfruit smoothies. The company also added that it expects to sell more than 10,000 Leafs in the U.S. by the end of 2011, which dovetails perfectly into their predictions. Given that the Japanese EV’s prime competition has been plagued by concerns about its flammability, Nissan might just exceed those expectations.