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.
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.