Deliveries for 2010 orders of Nissan Leaf face delays

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 24, 2011

Those who ordered the Nissan Leaf will just have to stretch their patience further as the delivery of their orders is being delayed by several months. The reasons being cited are that Nissan is unable to cope with the demand and also that it has limited the launch of the vehicle to seven states.

In 2010, the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet's Volt were some of the highlights in the green car industry. A few months before Nissan rolled out the Leaf, customers started asking for preorders.

Even before the Leaf debuted, Nissan already received 20,000 reservations. In late 2010, Nissan had claimed that all states should receive the Leaf by 2012.

Brian Carolin, senior vice president for Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing, told the Green Car Advisor that by summer, everyone who ordered a Leaf in 2010 will receive the vehicle.

Nissan asserted that the company is doing what it can to accelerate production. With regards to the Japanese market, Nissan aims to sell more than 6,000 units of the Leaf on the local market by the end of the fiscal 2010 ending March 31, 2011.

In looking at the numbers registered in the pre-ordering process that began in April, it appears that this goal is achievable.

Powering the Nissan LEAF are the electric motor and the laminated compact lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor can deliver power of 80kW with torque at 280Nm while the batteries create a 90 kW of power output.

This combination allows customers to have a fun-to-drive and responsive experience, something many of them have long demanded from the standard and gas-powered vehicles. Compared to vehicles that use internal-combustion engines, the power train of the Nissan LEAF does not use a tail pipe, meaning there zero CO2 emissions or even emissions of any kind.

The LEAF also makes use of a regenerative braking system and when this is combined with the batteries, allows a driving range of at least 100 miles (160 km) on even one full charge. This range is enough as consumer research has long shown that it meets the daily driving needs of at least 70% of drivers in the world.

Charging the LEAF has also been made convenient and easy by Nissan. Using a quick charger, it is possible to get at least 80% of the battery’s capacity in less than 30 minutes. With a 200V outlet at home, a full charge takes around eight hours.

In creating the LEAF, designers and engineers wanted to have a real-world car that was not only competitively priced but that would also allow the company to take the lead in zero-emission mobility. By having a new body layout and chassis, space, comfort, and cargo capacity are guaranteed.

Product Chief Designer Masato INOUE shared that the company wanted to have a car that would be the first medium-sized EV in the world. It was also meant to be practical and affordable. The LEAF will not only be identified by its style, INOUE continued, but the driver will also become a participant in this age of zero-emission mobility.

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