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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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By PAPutzback on 5/26/2010 9:31:16 AM , Rating: 1
I would think that between a panel on the roof and one on the trunk it could give the car enough charge to maybe get 10 - 20 miles. About the distance the type of people that would buy this car would need it to go.

I can totally see people rolling about 5 MPH into my addition trying to make it home on the last few watts left.

By Solandri on 5/26/2010 3:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
The ROI on solar panels is typically 5-15 years, which is longer than most people keep a car. In other words, if enough people need an extra 10-20 miles, you're better off just making the battery a bit bigger. There's a widespread misconception that solar is free. The cost to receive solar energy is free. But the cost to collect it so you can do something useful with it is rather substantial at present.

By mAineAc on 5/26/2010 6:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
That is solar panels for a house. The solar panels on the car would not even be close to the size or wattage you would see on a house. If they had a solar panel on every car sold it would barely raise the cost of the vehicle and probably pay for the extra cost in a year. cars are usually parked in parking lots out in the sun all day or driving down the road in the sun.

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