Nissan Forecasts 20,000 Preorders for Leaf

Consumers wanting to preorder a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle could submit their applications as soon as next spring, representatives of the parent company said, with initial estimates pointing to 20,000 pre-sold units even before the official US launch.

“We are confident we will have 20,000 reservations for the Leaf by the time it goes on sale,” Carlos Tavares, Nissan’s chairman for the Americas, said Tuesday according to a report by

Nissan has already formed electric alliances with several companies across the globe but says that Nashville is playing a key role in the global market strategy of the company. Nissan struggles to expand its zero-emission mobility in several areas of the world and thus create recharging points for the Leaf.

The Japanese manufacturer has already invested $2 billion in the Smyrna, Tenn. production facility to build 150,000 Leafs and 200,000 li-ion batteries starting in 2012.

“Tennessee will be a critical place with the largest electrical recharging infrastructure anywhere,”
he said.

The Leaf is a medium-size electric hatchback that is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries that manage to develop 90 kW, while its electric motors produce 80 kW/280 Nm of torque. The car, which provides enough room for five passengers, can cover a maximum distance of 100 miles (160 km) per charge.

"Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride. We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality – the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions. It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry”, said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
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