Nissan Leaf Numbers Dramatically Increase

Nissan announced that it is ramping up the rollout of its all-electric Leaf to the United States, and that delivery of the first post-earthquake car is arriving this month. As we recently noted, the diaster in Japan has caused delays for automakers, as was the case with Toyota.

There are already five hundred of the electric vehicles here in America, but Nissan expects that number to be in the thousands by the end of the summer. As well, Nissan is reopening registration for the Leaf to customers in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

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The automaker says it will open registration for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia this fall. According to Nissan, there are already 20,000 drivers who have reserved spaces to be the first in line to purchase the car. The Leaf is expected to be available nationwide sometime in 2012, but all customer pre-orders are stated to be fulfilled by the end of this summer.

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    • elbowelbein

      This leaves me a bit confused and surprised. If Nissan fulfills all ‘pre-orders’ by the end of the summer, they’d have to produce in excess of 19,000 vehicles in only a few months. Sounds unlikely. My Leaf delivery has been postponed a few times, and was just moved from the week of April 25 to the week of May 11. Perhaps Nissan’s eyes (desire for production) are bigger than their stomach (capacity for production). Seems Chevy may have a more realistic timetable for their production/delivery.

      • John Cusaac

        I feel you dude! I also have had my leaf pushed back, for the THIRD time! But please don’t post any displeasure at ANY of the Leaf Blogs (you will be “eaten ALIVE,” because, as you may know, if your an environmentist “wacko” the Nissan can NOT in any way do ANY harm).n

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Leal/1452652533 David Leal

      @elbow, hang in there I understand ur pain. I was set for the 15th then moved to 11 then to 27 and finally to the 29. I took delivery on the 25th. It is well worth the wait. The handling and power mixed with quite is absolutely a blast to drive. Almost feels and sounds ,abit a quite sound like jet taking off down a runway. It brings back the fun in driving. If not needing to accelerate then fun in ECO trying to grow trees.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Leal/1452652533 David Leal

      As far as deliveries, understand they were concentrating on Japan production due to credit that was ending 3/31. By end of march they fill over 8000 orders. Now its our turn and numbers are going to increase dramatically as they have said, leaving the hybrid Volt numbers in the dust and finally putting an end to all this talk of Volt outselling the LEAF. World wide sales of volt at end of march ~1500 oh forgot volt only sold in US, world wide sales for leaf >8000 most in its home country. They often fail to mention volt out sales leaf IN US ONLY. All this is about to change as leaf will soon over take volt in US as well.

    • BRA3

      i AM IN N. C. HOPING TO BE ALLOWED TO ORDER THE LEAF. LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE FALL BEFORE I CAN ORDER. I AM CONCERNED THE $7500 FED. TAX CREDIT EXPIRES ON DECEMBER 31 AND YOU HAVE TO GET DELIVERY BEFORE THEN TO QUALIFY FOR IT.

    • BRA3

      IT IS AMAZING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE I MEET AND TALK TO WANTING TO ORDER A VEHICLE THEY HAVE NEVER PERSONALLY SEEN UP CLOSE! THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET INCLUDING THE MANUALS FOR THE CAR IF YOU LOOK HARD ENOUGH FOR IT. SO FAR THIS CAR IS NOW CREATING THE BIGGEST BUZZ IN THE U. S. A. AND THE WORLD TO BE HEARD SINCE THE MODEL “T” FORD. THAT IS QUITE A COMPARISON. I WOULD GUESS IF THERE WERE 3 MILLION AVAILABLE NOW FOR SALE IN THE U. S. A. ALL WOULD SELL VERY QUICKLY TO HAPPY OWNERS. THE DEMAND AMAZES ME. EVERY PERSON I HAVE TALKED TO EXCEPT ONE FOR OVER TWO WEEKS ASKED ME HOW TO ORDER ONE! TRUTH IS, EVEN HARD CORE OLD TIMER GAS GUZZLER FOLKS ARE WANTING TO BUY THIS CAR! BEING ABLE TO READ ALL THE DETAILS ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY BUILT INTO THE CAR HAS SOLD IT AND IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE. WHEN FOLKS READ ALL THE DETAILS THEY GO FOR IT SIGHT UNSEEN AS FAR AS BEING ABLE TO LAY HANDS ON IT AND TEST DRIVE. I BEEN TRYING TO BUY A CHARGING SET UP AND THE LEVEL II SETUPS ARE COSTING OVER A THOUSAND UP TO TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS SO THAT WILL HAVE TO CHANGE. I AM PLANNING TO INSTALL MY OWN AND WILL JUST USE THE CHARGER COMES WITH IT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME UNTIL PRICES GO DOWN ON THE LEVEL II CHARGING SYSTEM FOR THE HOME GARAGE. NISSAN HAS A WINNER. IF I WERE CEO OF NISSAN I WOULD SUSPEND ALL OTHER PRODUCTION AND GO FOR IT WITH THE NISSAN LEAF ONLY AS IT IS THE FUTURE OF NISSAN. THEY WILL SELL AS MANY AS THEY CAN PRODUCE AS QUICKLY AS THEY CAN PRODUCE THEM AND LEAVE GM AND TOYOTA IN THE DUST!