Nissan sells out electric Leaf before it hits US showrooms

November 2, 2010
Japanese auto company Nissan Motor displays the company's Leaf electric vehicle. US consumers looking to get Nissan's all-electric Leaf will have to wait another year, after dealers sold this year's entire shipment before the zippy sedan even hit showrooms, the Japanese automaker said Monday.

US consumers looking to get Nissan's all-electric Leaf will have to wait another year, after dealers sold this year's entire shipment before the zippy sedan even hit showrooms, the Japanese automaker said Monday.

Nissan dealers have collected more than 20,000 orders for the Leaf, and the bulk are wealthy "early adapters" on the west coast of the United States, said Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan's management committee for the Americas.

The next step will be to convince "pragmatists" that an electric vehicle will save them money, he said.

The Leaf will be introduced later this month and Nissan is in the midst of installing charging stations at more than 40 US dealers.

More than 90 percent of the customers who reserved the Leaf -- which has a suggested retail price of 32,780 dollars -- live within 10 miles of one of those dealers, Tavares said.

By January 2011, more than 150 dealers will have chargers installed in the targeted launch markets of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee.

The next Leaf shipment is not scheduled to arrive, however, until October 2011.

Nissan's production capacity is currently limited to a single Japanese plant, but is set to expand dramatically in 2012 when a Tennessee plant capable of building 125,000 units comes online.

also plans to introduce an all-electric commercial van in 2014, Tavares told the Detroit Automotive Press Association.

The vehicles will help shape Nissan's image with US consumers, which Tavares said had become blurred in recent years.

"It's a flag demonstrating how innovative we are," Tavares said.

One drawback has been the appreciation of the Japanese yen, which is driving up the price of vehicles and batteries imported from Japan.

"We are very, very concerned," he said.

"This is actually going to increase the pressure for localization."

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Lord_jag
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
I wonder if the 2011 will be quite so ugly.

I love the idea of an electric car, but why do they all have to be to ugly? Why can't they make a small electric car with at least a suggestion of style?
lengould100
3 / 5 (2) Nov 02, 2010
You've just got dinosaur taste, probably think the '59 chevy was a good looking car LOL. Aerodynamically efficient is fashionable now.
lengould100
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
Here's an exercise. Take a '70's Jag XKE or Mercedes 500 SLK, remove that part used to house the big V12 engine, 4 speed transmission and all their controls and accessories, and what have you got? Something that looks a lot more like the Leaf than the Corvette.
NotAsleep
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
Not all electrics are ugly:

http://en.wikiped...Roadster

PinkElephant
not rated yet Nov 02, 2010
Not all electrics are ugly:

http://en.wikiped...Roadster
Meh... I prefer this one:

http://en.wikiped...er_Karma

(even though it's not all-electric...)
NotAsleep
5 / 5 (1) Nov 02, 2010
Oh yea? Well I'll one up you with THIS one!

http://www.youtub...rsEOxqYc

HeloMenelo
1 / 5 (4) Nov 03, 2010
I agree on the looks, at least make it look like a mazda mx 5 or something in that line.

However, it seems to be taking off pretty well so far. Let's hope the looks does too in future.

Go Electrics !
Lord_jag
not rated yet Nov 04, 2010
Oh sure roadsters and Teslas look great, but seen teh price tag? The 70's Jag and Mercedes SLK are lovely huge roadster cars... looking absolutely nothing like this egg they call a Leaf.

What about the Porche 944? or Miata. There are plenty of small cars that look good. Small cars don't HAVE to be ugly to be electric.

And they don't have to be muscle cars to get a decent frame.

Personally I would love a Tesla, but I'll never afford that. Take this Leaf and put a decent styled body on it and I would be all over that.

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