Brian Carolin, senior vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan North America said that the company has received more than 14,000 reservations for its LEAF electric-car and about 90 percent of the reservations are from owners of non-Nissan vehicles.
That’s a pretty significant statistic seeing as consumers had to pay $99 to reserve the LEAF and won’t even receive delivery of the car until December.
Come 2012, Nissan will sell the LEAF nationwide. About a month ago, Nissan sold out of its first total allocation for the LEAF in the United States.
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.
2011 Nissan Leaf:
– By: Stephen Calogera
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