The Nissan LEAF was the forerunner in the affordable EV market, priced near $33,000 when it debuted for the 2011 model year in the U.S. Low-volume EV models began trickling into the niche segment, partially spurred by California Air Resource Board’s ZEV (zero-emission vehicle) program. The Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are now key competitors to LEAF, and electric variants of the Honda Clarity and Ford Focus are available too. Wards Intelligence expects 2018 to close with over ...

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