Preordered Nissan Leaf EVs to arrive to customers by the end of September

Article by Christian A., on February 10, 2011

Nissan Motor has pledged that all those who preordered the electric Leaf will get the vehicle by the end of September. Nissan will ramp up production in Japan in March to meet the demand, according to Brian Carolin, Nissan's senior vice president for sales and marketing for North America, who spoke at the National Automobile Dealers Association annual convention.

He said that Nissan will build "thousands" a month so that customers get their cars “well before the end of summer." He added that he is confident that deliveries will start to significantly increase in April or May.

Nissan made the announcement shortly after General Motors Co. said it was more than doubling production of its plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt in 2011 and boosting its rollout nationwide to all 50 states by the end of the year.

The Volt and the Leaf both went on sale late last year. Through Jan. 31, GM sold about 650 Volts, while Nissan sold 106 Leafs in the U.S. GM said that it aims to sell about 10,000 Volts in 2011 and as many as 45,000 in 2012.

Carolin said that he has no specific sales target for the Leaf in 2011. The Leaf is the only mass-market battery electric vehicle that boasts a range of up to 100 miles on a full charge. While the Volt can get up to 40 miles on a single charge, it has a gasoline engine that generates battery power to take it farther.

Carolin revealed that so far, 20,000 people have put down $99 deposits to reserve a Leaf. He estimates that about four in every 10 of those making deposits buy them when it comes time to commit.

Carolin expects to sell "a few hundred" Leafs in February. But he considers it unlikely that Nissan will sell 20,000 Leaf vehicles in the U.S. this year. He said that instead of thinking of it as a numbers game, Nissan is planning to make its launch “absolutely perfect.” [via detnews]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Cadillac’s CT6 full-size prestige-luxury sedan is still somewhat new. It has been offered to the global auto market for two model years – 2016 and 2017. But for those who...
by - February 19, 2017
In many industries, it is the rivalries that make things exciting. In basketball for example, there is the well-known rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics. For...
by - February 19, 2017
Now on sale in several major markets around the world including Europe, the BMW 5 Series (G30) heralds the arrival of the new seventh generation and represents a whole new...
by - February 19, 2017
Just recently, it was speculated that a new Porsche Cayman GT4 RS is coming. There is no official confirmation yet from the German sports car maker, but the arrival of...
by - February 18, 2017
Will there be a BMW M4 CS? Apparently, there is a Club Sport version of the BMWM4 after it was sighted in California doing a shoot for a new commercial...
by - February 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries