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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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RE: Where do I plug it
By monkeyman1140 on 5/26/2010 12:07:05 AM , Rating: 5
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?

RE: Where do I plug it
By tallguywithglasseson on 5/26/2010 1:42:16 AM , Rating: 2
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?
Depends. Can I also imagine that said buyers already had cars that ran on whale oil, that got better performance, range, passenger and cargo room than the Model-T, and that there were, in fact, already whale oil stations on every corner?

RE: Where do I plug it
By acase on 5/26/2010 1:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
No, but you can imagine they had horses that ran on food, had equal speed, could go over rougher terrain, and could pull all the cargo room you could need.

RE: Where do I plug it
By muIIet on 5/26/2010 6:56:53 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah but no where to plug in my laptop.

RE: Where do I plug it
By JediJeb on 5/26/2010 12:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
It will be the same thing with EVs and/or fuel cell vehicles. Any change will not occur over night, but if the new vehicles become popular then the infrastructure will follow. The pain is going to be for the early adopters. Luckily for the Model T gasoline was already being used in small engines that powered other items. Most of those also burned kerosene since it was a more popular fuel at the time.

Most early Model T owners did not use the car for every little trip they made so constant readily available fuel was not as important at first. Once EVs prove viable, then there will be more drive to provide the infrastructure needed to support them, but don't expect too much to be available until then.

RE: Where do I plug it
By jimbojimbo on 5/26/2010 2:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well it probably wouldn't have gone over well if you had to drive to a gas station then spend 6 hours there while you fill up. Gasoline != electricity.

RE: Where do I plug it
By mAineAc on 5/26/2010 6:11:14 PM , Rating: 3
Your right, but it does not take six hours. The EVs that are out can be charged to 80% in 5-15 minutes. Not much more than stopping at a gas station now. Plug it in, go use the restroom, shop for a bit and you will have a charge that will take you another 80 miles. Most people won't be using them for any distance driving as that is not what they are for, but you can if you want. This distance will go up a lot and charging times are dropping.

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