Nissan predicts that its new 2011 Nissan LEAF will be in short supply within the first three months of sales. The Japanese automaker says that demand will outstrip supply.
Nissan said that sales may be strong due to the company’s claim that the LEAF will be cheaper to buy and operate than its main competitor – the Toyota Prius.
It was recently reported that more than 6,600 people in the U.S. have reserved the LEAF, just a few days after Nissan started taking reservations on April 20. Prices for the 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: Omar Rana