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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 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 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
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'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.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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