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If you aren't already on the list to purchase a 2011 Nissan Leaf, you're officially out of luck. During a speech to the Detroit Economic Club today, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the U.S. market allotment for the first year's production of Leafs is already sold out more than six months before the EV even goes on sale. Nissan has now received 13,000 orders for the $32,780 electric car – quite impressive for a vehicle almost no one's driven.

So far, the orders are comprised of refundable $99 deposits, so it will be interesting to see how sales and orders hold up once people begin getting calls from dealers. Prior to going on sale in 2008, the Smart ForTwo also received thousands of orders before deliveries began – and we all know how well that turned out. While the Leaf will undoubtedly be a much more pleasant and practical car to drive than the Smart, it remains to be seen how customers will react once they get used to the real world electric range.

Ghosn remains extremely bullish on electric vehicles and will be adding production capacity in both the United States and Europe over the next three years.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A car that isn't built yet and hasn't been paid for yet is hardly the definition of "sold out." They're just keeping themselves in the news.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And people were accusing GM of marketing the Volt as Vaporware... Nissan is just POURING it on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I drive less than 6 miles each way to work and the 100 mile range should work for me. I would ride my bike to work but in Missouri drivers think they have the rigth to kill some one on a bike. I have been monitoring my mileage and I hope to keep it under 40 per day. Most of the extra driving is carting around my 15 year old who will get my old car. So I would expect that to drop down.

      That is one reason why something like the Volt would not work as well for me. I worry about the ICE sitting for months without every running. Plus the thought of dragging an ICE around that I would only use maybe twice a year seems like a waste.

      Counting my kids cars I have 4 other cars that I could use or swap when I would want to travel close to the max range. All 4 of the other vehicles would also drive less than 20 miles a day. So I don't understand why people are freaking out over the range. If you drive more than that then don't buy the car. Batteries are expensive so have extra range would only make the car cost more and weigh more and still would not improve the car for the 80% of the people who drive about 30-40 miles a day.Even if it only works for 2% of the people that is still about 200,000 cars a year.

      When I first saw it I thought it looked like a catfish. But after hearing the drag on the car as an engineer I think it looks great. I am 46 years old and married so I don't need to look sexy in a car. :) I like the low center of gravity and think it will be a hoot to drive around the twisty roads near my house. I just hope the deer don't jump out in front of me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Large power plants are always more efficent than average cars. Plus you can't always park your car under sunshine, but you can build solar plants outside large cities.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What are you talking about? Smart sold over 25,000 cars in its first year... how is that a failure?
      • 5 Years Ago
      And to think that this is more practical than a smart is absurd... at least with the smart, you aren't stranded after a mere 100 miles. Oh yeah, the smart was also nearly half the price too... its funny how much that car is made fun with its "shortcomings" yet the leaf that costs twice as much with half if not a 1/4 of the useability is praised.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Smart did not seem that great to me. I was interested in it at first until I heard the EPA rating on gas mileage. When you hear about it getiting 60 mpg in Europe and find out it only got 30 something over here, I thought why not get a Civic that cost about the same with petter mpg and with more seating. Plus 2 seat cars never sell as well. The original Honda Insight was a 2 seater with nice enough looks with great MPG. The Prius beat it up because in the end most people want more than 2 seats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a ugly car nissan made and I thought the cube was bad, I wouldn't pay $12K for this car let alone $32K. No thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      all 13k will sell. to not only fleets, but also individuals. many people realize they dont need to drive hundreds of miles every day and have the capability to install chargers in their homes. the market is quite large actually, and Ghosn has every reason to be bullish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how you just called a car with half the range of a Smart and a requirement to install thousands of dollars of special charging equipment in your garage (if you have a garage!) more practical.

      Oh yeah, and if you run low on energy in the field...

      There are definite uses for this car. But it's not more practical than a Smart.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ hazdaz
      "... and they better not F it up.
      This is going to be the first mass-market EV, and for many people, their impressions of this technology will be cemented by how good or bad this car performs. If they screw it up, it can push back the EV industry decades."

      Soooo true! Two words: Oldsmobile Diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not as big of a fan of the Leaf versus the Volt, but I still think this is very impressive and I have to give Nissan props for having the balls to come out with an EV for the average driver.

      Very interested in seeing how this car really works.

      ... and they better not F it up.
      This is going to be the first mass-market EV, and for many people, their impressions of this technology will be cemented by how good or bad this car performs. If they screw it up, it can push back the EV industry decades.
        • 5 Years Ago

        I think of it as an electric Model T... it won't be the best electric car ever.. but if it's not a total piece of crap, it will bring electric mobility to the masses.

        I too hope it doesn't flop. I'll say this.. electric car fanatics have pretty low expectations. It's the Joe schmoe that i'm worried about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for Nissan. Not a pretty car, but if they can sell all they make then it will help offset their performance car side.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i hope this doesnt do what a nissan gt-r did in gainsville florida! just after the dealership closed, a gt-r caught fire! judging by the pictures, it looked like the fire started on the under side of the car...i saw it on aol news!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, because I believe the GT-R and this EV Leaf share about 95% the same components... hell, in Japan, they simply call it the GT-EV because they are so closely related... they are almost the same vehicle, so they didn't even bother retesting it in terms of crash-tests... they just used the GT-R results.

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