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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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It's the economy...
By superPC on 5/25/2010 10:12:05 PM , Rating: 2
well no wonder this sell well. it only cost 2.4$ for the whole 100 mile trip ( that's hard to beat (at the moment impossible even) in a gasoline car.

I guess some people chose overnight charge up (with 2.4$ per 100 mile trip) over the convenience of 5 minutes gas fill up and I can understand their reasoning.

Like the old saying goes: it's the economy. in the past nissan wouldn't even sell 100 of this kind of vehicle, but now with the weak economy and high gas price this turn out to be a viable solution for 13000 people.

RE: It's the economy...
By JediJeb on 5/26/2010 12:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
But a normal 100 mile trip in a gasoline car would cost $12 at current prices and 25mpg. Yes it is a difference of $9.60 per 100 mile trip, and if you did that everyday for work it would be $192 per month. If you sell your current car to buy this one for the savings, will you be able to get it at a payment for $192/month even considering your trade in? If not you are losing money instead of saving money with this purchase.

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