Nissan Leaf sold out
Believe it or not, the 2010 Nissan Leaf has been sold out. Okay, that’s really not that hard to believe considering it was able to get 6,635 reservations in just three days, but some people might consider that shocking for an electric car. In a recent interview, Nisssan CEO Carlos Ghosn said "We think there is a big future for this car. I can already tell you that the production for 2010 is already sold out." Everyone at Nissan was probably breathing a huge sigh of relief considering it will already take themthree years to make a profit on this vehicle due to the expensive components involved in the electric car’s production.
The 2010 Leaf will arrive at dealerships in December, but Nissan has already received a total of 13,000 reservations in the past month. The Leaf will be offered in two trim levels: the base SV model, priced at $32,780 ($25,280 after a federal tax credit of as much as $7,500) and the top trim level, priced at $33,720 ($26,220 after the tax credits).
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The Nissan Leaf features new laminated lithium ion cells that are capable of delivering over 90 kW of power and weigh only 440 pounds. The battery pack sends stored energy to the Leaf’s front mounted electric drive motor that only outputs 80 of those kilowatts for a maximum output of 107 HP. Nissan claims that the Leaf will take 8 hours for a full charge from a 200 V source; so a high capacity 220 V outlet is recommended. Otherwise it will take twice as long for a full charge from a standard 110 V AC outlet. There is an impressive 50 kW AC fast-charge capability. This allows for an 80% charge of the lithium ion batteries meaning you can go up to 80 miles with only a 30 minute charge.
Nissan will be focusing on the regions where there will be charging stations available so that the consumer isn’t blindsided when they try to find a place to charge their car.
“We don’t want to put the consumer in a situation,” Ghosn said, “where he buys the car and he doesn’t know how to charge it and he doesn’t know how to take care of it.”
With the Nissan Leaf scheduled to be delivered in December and the Chevy Volt only producing a pre-production model due for testing, we can imagine that Nissan will be able to soak up plenty of sales to at least give them hope for that three year mark. More help comes in the shape of better mileage on a full charge. The Leaf can provide up to 160 miles on one charge with the Chevy Volt only allowing for 40 miles before it has to kick in some fuel.