Interested in buying Nissan’s new all-electric vehicle, the Leaf? Too bad. Nissan has received so many pre-orders that it’s already sold out.
Autoblog reports: “During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale.”
The Associated Press adds, “He said 13,000 U.S. customers have already put down $99 deposits on the Leaf, which goes on sale in December.”
Interestingly, almost no one has test driven the Leaf. Its specs alone have sold it.
The five-passenger 2011 Nissan Leaf is powered by an all-electric powertrain and can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge. It takes eight hours to charge on a standard outlet, though the charging time drops if you use Nissan's quick charging station. The Leaf starts at $32,780, but buyers are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, and in some areas, local tax credits of up to $5,000 -- which significantly lower the price.
Ecstatic over the Leaf’s great reception, Nissan is planning to expand its electric vehicle line-up. According to the Detroit Free Press, “Nissan and its alliance partner Renault expect to build 500,000 electric vehicles, encompassing eight models, by 2013.”