Nissan North America Inc. offered the all-electric Leaf online, a total of 6,635 customer reservations have been taken. The Leaf is Nissan's attempt at mass marketing an electric family sedan globally. On April 20, Nissan's consumer Web site, www.nissanusa.com, started allowing interested consumers to put in early reservations by putting down a refundable $99 reservation fee.
Nissan spokeswoman Katherine Zachary said 6,635 reservations were received as of Friday morning. But there were some glitches in the online reservation system.
For instance, 12 people had difficulty processing American Express cards but Zachary said that this problem was resolved the same day. If you're interested, you better hurry up since Nissan will only take reservations until May 15.
Nissan expects to have 25,000 Leafs pre-sold by December. Nissan will be breaking ground next month on a $1.8 billion factory project in Smyrna, Tenn., to produce 150,000 Leafs and 200,000 batteries a year.
The US version of the car has a price tag of $32,780, but a $7,500 federal tax credit on its purchase will mean a net price of $25,280, without destination charges. The Leaf will arrive at US dealer showrooms in December. [via autonews - sub. required]