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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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Leaf EV Fast Charge
By TechRealist on 6/1/2010 1:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
How about a dose of reality here. Fast charging is possible. Just not very likely on a widespread or affordable basis. If EV's do become popular & charging stations proliferate it won't be 5 minutes to 80% full. If you get 6 EV's at a station pulling 50 to 70 amps at once that is a lot more power than can readily be accommodated. Plus, the cost of prime time charging is going to be very expensive. That is why the push has been for overnight, off-peak charging. And don't believe the nonsense of EV's & PHEV's used for electrical load leveling or smart grid applications. Every time the batteries go through a charge/discharge cycle its useful life is shortened.




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