Leafs All Gone

Nissan Leafs, that is, and only for the year, though not one of these 19,000 preorders for the all-electric, plug-in car has yet to be shipped. The Leafs shouldn't venture too far from home - the range is 100 miles on a full charge.

"More than six months before the car, the Nissan Leaf, arrives at dealerships, the preorders mean that the car is sold out for this year and that the company might stop taking reservations"

Nissan plans to break ground Wednesday in Smyrna, Tenn., for a plant to build batteries for the Leaf and eventually other models, part of its goal to sell at least 500,000 electric cars worldwide starting in 2013.

Nissan has given the Leaf a starting price of $32,780, minus a $7,500 federal tax credit. The Chevy Volt, whose price has not been disclosed, is expected to sell for close to $40,000 before the tax credit."

Unlike the Leaf, the Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or PHEV, meaning that it also has an internal combustion engine that burns gasoline to extend its range of 40 miles from battery charge. Volts are expected to be available by the end of the year.

"We wanted to do a zero-emission vehicle," Nissan's chief executive, Carlos Ghosn said. "I don't want gasoline in the car, period."

Thanks to Greenwire

Full Story: Nissan Says Electric Car Is Sold Out for This Year



Irvin Dawid's picture

Leafs Gone - Not

Orders are still being taken...though I'm told the waiting list tops 20,000!
Not to be a promotion, but if your heart is stuck on an affordable, reliable EV under $26K (after those generous tax credits), go to the Nissan website and put down your $99, fully refundable order.

Of course, if you want an even more affordable zero-emission vehicle, just go to your nearest bike store and be prepared to burn carbohydrates rather than watts (or is it volts?). However, Lance Armstrong has kind words for electric vehicles on the Nissan webpage - as any cyclist would who finds him/herself behind a smoke-belching gas or diesel vehicle.
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

EV subsidies

Keep in mind that in addition to the federal $7,500 tax credit, some states have rebates and tax credits as well. In the case of CA, we have a $5,000 rebate that brings the price of a Nissan Leaf down to a mere $20,280! For a full function EV, that's an incredible bargain.

For a state by state compilation of rebates, see: http://action.pluginamerica.org/t/5960/content.jsp?content_KEY=5545

Paul Scott
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