Nissan Leaf Sold Out for the Year

Talk about a sizzling start... The world's first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Leaf, turns out to be a hit the size of which Nissan itself didn't even dare to dream. According to the latest numbers, 19,000 orders have been received for the car, meaning the production capacity is capped and the car is sold out for the year. Six months ahead of the market launch, that is...

All transpired in a report by The New York Times, citing Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, who said that as a result of the high demand, new orders may no longer be taken.

The Nissan Leaf, which can accommodate five adults, can run for 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge. The car 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 great number of orders for the Leaf is a bit surprising, given the vehicle's somewhat high purchase price. The benefits of never having to refuel it again however seems to have convinced US customers to pay at least $25,280 ($7,500 federal tax credit included) for the car.

The Leaf will be available in the US in two trim levels. The SV trim packs the car with navigation system and Internet/smart phone connectivity, LED headlights, Bluetooth, Intelligent-key with push button start, Sirius/XM satellite radio, dynamic control (stability control), traction control and six airbags.

The second trim, the SL, priced $940 more, comes with rearview monitor, solar panel spoiler, fog lights and automatic headlights. Ordering for the Leaf will be available April 20, for a $99 reservation fee. Deliveries are set to begin in August.
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