Nissan told dealers at the NADA convention on Monday that it will be stepping up production on its Leaf, in order to get all pre-orders filled by the end of September. Beginning in March, Nissan will be building ‘thousands’ a month.
“We’re going to make sure that customers get their cars well before the end of summer,” Brian Carolin, Nissan’s senior vice president for sales and marketing for North America, said. “I’m confident during April, May you’re going to see a significant number of deliveries.” The announcement comes just after GM said it would be more than doubling production of the Chevrolet Volt and accelerating its rollout nationwide by the end of 2011.
GM plans to sell approximately 10,000 Volts in 2011, and up to 45,000 in 2012, while Carolin has indicated no specific target for the Leaf.
Carolin did mention however, that about four in every ten individuals who put deposits on the Leaf have been actually buying. 20,000 people have put down the $99 deposit on the Leaf.
Refresher: Power for the Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 87 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2011 Nissan LEAF will start at $32,780 but with a federal tax-credit prices will come in as low as $25,280, or for a lease payment of $349 a month.
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– By: Stephen Calogera
Source: Detroit News