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Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan

Nissan Leaf
Nissan's mass market EV is already sold out in the U.S.

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 $32,780 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 or rebates.

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.

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Good for Commuting
By Sunday Ironfoot on 5/25/2010 8:11:30 PM , Rating: 3
Sounds like it would be great for commuting. But at only 100 miles you'd need to keep hold of your existing combustion engine car for those occasional long journeys. Now any new car purchase would likely be part funded by selling the old car, but since this wouldn't be possible, I wonder if this would put off potential buyers.

RE: Good for Commuting
By Shig on 5/25/2010 8:39:30 PM , Rating: 3
Prius + Leaf for epic smugness ;)

RE: Good for Commuting
By Spuke on 5/25/2010 8:51:36 PM , Rating: 1
I'd buy it if I made enough money to buy a new car with cash AND if I still had a commute. Right now, I just have the commute part although I don't think this car would make it back and forth to work on my commute. Gas would have to be REALLY expensive for me to justify this as a commuter car anyways.

RE: Good for Commuting
By mAineAc on 5/26/2010 6:58:16 PM , Rating: 2
You are just looking at the fuel cost. The 'engine' has no oil and virtually no upkeep cost. You will have to replace breaks and windshield washers. No coolant, no oil, no break fluid, no tuneups, no spark plugs. Fuel is only a small part of the cost.

RE: Good for Commuting
By monkeyman1140 on 5/26/2010 12:12:11 AM , Rating: 3
Leaf + Leaf

Smug beyond what is normal for smug

RE: Good for Commuting
By jimbojimbo on 5/26/2010 2:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
In Chicago traffic in the summer, with AC on, I'd give this car a 30mile range at most.

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