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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 CharonPDX on 5/26/2010 3:03:07 AM , Rating: 2
I work in Downtown Portland.

I work in a fairly conventional office building, nothing particularly special about it. It's not even "LEED certified" or anything.

Yet in my building's underground parking garage (wild guess: 100-200 parking spots,) there are three EV spots. All three are in use every day. (Well, every day that I've either driven or ridden my bike, anyway.)

Across the street are two of Portland's multiple on-street EV parking spots. This one has been around for years, and contains both conventional 110V U.S. Type B plugs as well as the older high-voltage inductive and conductive paddles.

Three blocks away, directly on the route I walk to and from my bus stop, are two more newer EV charging spots, which I believe only have the 110V Type B outlet. For both the old and new EV parking spots, they are specifically reserved for EVs, but you do have to pay standard parking meter rates. (You do *NOT* have to pay to use the chargers, though.)

The nearest public library to my house has an underground parking garage for maybe 20 vehicles, with one EV spot, which is in use about half the time.

There are multiple businesses (largely restaurants,) in town with EV parking spots right up front to encourage EV drivers to visit.

RE: Where do I plug it
By Oscarine on 5/26/2010 7:57:29 AM , Rating: 5
...Must be because you live in Portland, I haven't seen anything like that in an East Coast metro area.

RE: Where do I plug it
By JediJeb on 5/26/2010 12:34:22 PM , Rating: 2
The question becomes "who pays for the electricity"? If the city is paying for it, then what happens if suddenly the number of EVs in town triple or quadruple? Electricity isn't free, and if the city continued to pay for it then they would be spreading the cost over all the residents and businesses. That would not be fair to everyone unless they also provided the same service to pay for gasoline for those who didn't have EVs yet.

RE: Where do I plug it
By mAineAc on 5/26/2010 6:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
They will probably retrofit parking meters with charging outlets. You will have to pay a fee for charging. Say 15 minutes for $5.00. This funding will help to offset the fuel taxes they will not be getting as well as paying for the electricity.

RE: Where do I plug it
By monkeyman1140 on 5/27/2010 3:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
In California they were free, because the electricity usage to charge them was pretty minimal anyway.
$5.00 for 15 minutes seems excessive since a "Tankful" of electricity will cost around $1.25.

I'm sure free enterprise will result in grifters charging by the minute, its the charging per text message BS all over again.

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