Nissan said Thursday that its is on track to get 25,000 firm U.S. order for its new LEAF electric-car by the end of 2010 and that it will make money on the green car. The Japanese automaker said that it has taken 8,000 U.S. reservation since it started taking orders on April 20th.
“We are on a double time march (for launch),” said Mark Perry, Nissan’s North America director of product planning and strategy. “We are on our way to have 25,000 firm orders by December.”
Nissan will originally launch the car in California, Arizona, Washington, Tennessee and Oregon. In 2011, the Nissan LEAF will go on sale nationwide.
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 or $25,280 with a federal tax-credit. That works out to a lease payment of $349 a month.
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– By: Omar Rana