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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: A sucker is born every minute....
By Reclaimer77 on 5/26/2010 9:25:05 AM , Rating: 1
I think it's pretty obvious. If you buy an electric car at this point, you are an idiot. But hey, more power to you. You paid more for a car that does much less, based on some ideological premise some snake oil salesman filled your head with.


RE: A sucker is born every minute....
By wiz220 on 5/26/2010 12:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
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.


By AEvangel on 5/27/2010 2:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


You have every right to spend your money as you see fit, I'm all for a free market, you just need to remove the $7,500 tax credit. Like my original post said "a sucker is born every minute", I just don't want to have to subsidize the suckers.


By jimbojimbo on 5/26/2010 2:09:54 PM , Rating: 1
Why would you care? Look at it this way. If there are enough EV vehicles out there the demand for gasoline would go down and that should theoretically reduce cost... then again those fuckers at APEC will probably reduce pumping so keep the demand the same.


By BigBitch on 5/26/2010 5:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone who buys one of these, helps fund the market of alternative fuels. However, they're still an idiot because they put a draw on the power stations which are primarely fueled by coal and other "not so green" fuels. And IIRC, Gasoline burns much cleaner than coal.


By monkeyman1140 on 5/27/2010 3:31:27 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of people bought Hummers too, and now that car is a social and economic pariah. I don't think its up to you to judge what people should and shouldn't buy, the market will determine that.


RE: A sucker is born every minute....
By tcjake on 5/27/2010 10:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
I was notified I am getting one in December.

I am not doing this to save money, I am not doing this to calculate an ROI to the 6th decimal place. I am doing this because I think it's cool and I need a new car in December, so why not get something unique.

I have always had unique cars, I hate having the same car as millions of others...so maybe I am an idiot.

I got the 328xi WAGON just because nobody had a wagon...I had a Mitsubishi Montero because in MI no one had one.

Now in FL I will have a LEAF, I drive 42 miles round trip to work. One charge will be fine.

It's idiots like me that beta test all this stuff for you so that the second and third generation is affordable for you.

Your welcome.


RE: A sucker is born every minute....
By AEvangel on 5/27/2010 2:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
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It's idiots like me that beta test all this stuff for you so that the second and third generation is affordable for you.


Don't kid yourself electric cars will never be truly affordable nor will they be a true green alternative. Simply having kept your old BMW would have been tons better for the environment then this Leaf will ever be.


By tcjake on 5/27/2010 6:31:42 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Are you a senior design engineer on the Nissan Team, know something the rest of us don't?

Please tell me what I should do, how I should live my life, what products to buy.

Didn't some guy at IBM in the 50's say there is only the need for 4 computers world-wide and they will never be affordable? How did that work out?

I'm not kidding myself..I know exactly what I am doing, I'm getting a LEAF.

I DON'T care about the environmental impact of the LEAF vs. other cars. Can you read...it's what I want because it's unique and $500 less then my BMW. My mid-life crisis is over, I zipped around in my BMW and now I want something completely different.


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