Nissan announced yesterday that pre-orders of its 2011 Nissan Leaf have reached 3,754 units in three weeks in its domestic market after launching the pre-order process in Japan on April 1.
“This exceeds half of its sales target for FY2010, which is 6,000 units, thanks to the highly positive feedback from customers for its “remarkable environmental performance of zero-emission,” “affordable pricing for an EV” and its “advanced IT system,” Nissan said in a statement.
Nissan started taking reservations for the 2011 LEAF on April 20 in the United States. It said that more than 115,000 people have formalized their interest in driving a Nissan Leaf or have signed up for more information at the company’s website.
The reservation process will give priority to the 115,000 registrants first who will have to pay a $99 reservation fee, which is fully refundable. Prices for the 2011 Nissan Leaf will start at $32,780 or $25,280 with a federal tax-credit. That works out to a lease payment of $349 a month.
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.
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– By: Kap Shah