It looks as though Nissan's
all-electric Leaf is proving to be quite popular -- and it hasn't
even hit U.S. streets yet. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said today that
the automaker's entire
production run for 2010 has been spoken for.
For the U.S., that means that Nissan
has already received 13,000 orders for the Leaf. For comparison,
Toyota sells roughly 12,500 Prius hybrids in a single month.
Pre-orders for the Nissan Leaf began
on April 20 -- those expressing interest in buying the vehicle
had to pay a $99 refundable deposit to have their name put on the
list. Actual deliveries will begin in December.
“We think there is a big future for
this car," said Ghosn according to the Free Press.
The Nissan Leaf will be priced from
before a $7,500 federal tax credit. Depending on which state you
live in, you could qualify for up to an additional $5,000 in credits
The Nissan Leaf is powered by a 107hp
electric motor and can travel at up to 87 mph. The maximum driving
range for the vehicle is a modest 100 miles.
quote: Could you imagine what the auto industry would have been like in the 1900's if car buyers demanded that gasoline stations be on every corner BEFORE they buy a Ford Model-T?
quote: Of course, if a real crisis errupts in the Middle East and gasoline prices triple, the owner of a Leaf will get the last laugh.
quote: But people here on DT are always talking about choice and competition being good right? So if someone makes the choice to purchase one of these vehicles (even if it is for ideological reasons) that's fine.
quote: It's idiots like me that beta test all this stuff for you so that the second and third generation is affordable for you.