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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 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.


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