• Sep 24, 2010

If you've been in sitting on the fence for a Nissan Leaf you're time is officially up. The website My Nissan Leaf posted the announcement below and Nissan has since confirmed that sales of the Leaf officially ended yesterday. For those of you who didn't get your $99 deposit in, next year's your best bet.
Nissan aggressively anticipated reaching its goal of 20,000 consumer reservations by December 2010 and we are excited to announce that we have reached this goal 3 months ahead of schedule! Therefore, on 9/23/10, Nissan will shut down the reservation system in order to focus on providing the best level of customer service and premium ownership experience to those who have already reserved.

All current reservation holders will continue to have the opportunity to purchase or lease a Nissan LEAF. Those who are interested in the Nissan LEAF but have yet to make a reservation are invited to sign up for information and updates on http://www.nissanusa.com. A subsequent phase of reservations for those consumers will begin next year
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[Source: My Nissan Leaf]

PRESS RELEASE

NISSAN REACHES 20,000-RESERVATION MILESTONE FOR NISSAN LEAF; FIRST PHASE OF CUSTOMER RESERVATIONS COMPLETED

– Drive Electric Tour Kicks Off in October –

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2010) – Consumer interest for the Nissan LEAF continues to grow, as Nissan North America Inc. today marks its 20,000th reservation for the 100-percent electric car.

Nissan had anticipated reaching its stated target of 20,000 reservations at the time of the first U.S. Nissan LEAF delivery, in December. This achievement comes three months ahead of schedule and just days before Nissan kicks off the "Drive Electric Tour." The 23-city tour will give reservation holders and those interested in driving a Nissan LEAF a chance to experience all-electric driving firsthand.

Achieving 20,000 reservations marks the successful completion of the first phase of the Nissan LEAF rollout, which began more than five months ago, and no further reservations will be taken until next year. Nissan now is focusing on providing the best level of customer service and premium ownership experience to those who already have enrolled. A subsequent phase of reservations will begin next year, after current reservations and orders have been processed.

Consumers who already have made reservations will continue to have the opportunity to purchase or lease an all-electric Nissan LEAF. Nissan is following its planned order-release timing for existing reservationists. Orders have been prioritized based on market timing and when consumers submitted their original reservations online and paid their refundable $99 reservation fee.

Those who are interested in the Nissan LEAF but have yet to make reservations are invited to sign up for information and updates on www.nissanusa.com. They will be contacted in advance of the next phase of vehicle reservations.

"As of today, 20,000 consumers have spoken, and they are choosing the Nissan LEAF and a zero-emission future," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. "We, along with our dealers, now look forward to focusing on providing an absolute top-level purchase experience to our first customers, and to help ensure that the transition to gas-free driving is a seamless one. We invite all who are interested in experiencing the Nissan LEAF to join us at the upcoming Drive Electric Tour, which is coming to 23 cities beginning this fall."

Consumers and other interested drivers will have the first opportunity to test-drive a Nissan LEAF in select markets starting Oct. 1 through the "Drive Electric Tour." The tour will provide information about the car, its technology, and its features, along with the first public test-drives.

Tour stops include:

Oct. 1-3: Santa Monica, Calif. Jan. 7-9, 2011: Houston
Oct. 8-10: Anaheim, Calif. Jan. 14-16: Dallas
Oct. 15-17: San Diego Jan. 21-23: Jacksonville, Fla.
Oct. 22-24: Los Angeles Jan. 28-30: Miami
Oct. 29-31: San Jose, Calif. Feb. 4-6: Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 5-7: Hillsboro, Ore. Feb. 11-13: Tampa, Fla.
Nov. 12-14: Seattle Feb. 18-20: Atlanta
Nov. 20-28: San Francisco Feb. 25-27: Knoxville
Dec. 3-5: Tempe, Ariz. March 4-6: Charlotte, N.C.
Dec. 10-12: Tucson, Ariz. March 11-13: Raleigh, N.C.
Dec. 17-19: Austin, Texas March 18-20: Washington, D.C.
March 25-27: Nashville

Interested drivers can learn more about the tour, including specific locations, and register to drive the Nissan LEAF at www.drivenissanleaf.com. Sales of the Nissan LEAF begin in December in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. In January 2011, sales begin in Texas and Hawaii. The Nissan LEAF will be available nationwide by the end of 2011.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com
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      • 4 Years Ago
      EXCELLENT NEWS!

      Now the US needs to get rid of the coal power plants that power 44.9% of the grid across the country which is the runaway leader in greenhouse gases emitter. As well as the 23.4% of power coming from natural gas. Next up is the ability to properly dispose of nuclear waste, and finally figure out a way to increase that 6.9% 'Hydroelectric / ecofriendly' power creation.

      Finally we will need to find a way in the next few years to dispose of hazardous battery waste.

      I will keep driving my gas powered car until at least that 44.9% is null at the very least!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rudyherfurth

        Reciprocal engines (individual cars) are far less efficient at burning gas than a coal plant at burning coal.

        Coal Plants don't stop operations at night when almost all of the electricity they generate goes to waste. To restart a Coal plant in the morning would be as inefficient so they let them run nonstop

        Electric cars can and will take advantage of this excess of electricity.

        New Electrical sources are increasingly green.

        The time for the electrification of our transportation is now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not that gas powered cars are perfect, but electric cars aren't a silver bullet, either. They cause other problems as well. I once heard someone say that if electric cars were dominant today, gasoline cars would be the Holy Grail to save us from our electric cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But - none of the statistics or problems you list have anything to do with the massive problems of using ICE vehicles.
        So how do you get to your seemingly exuberant conclusion that the best course of action is to stay with ICE?

        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, we solve nothing by continuing with ICE cars, we are actually worse off creating more pollution via a coal power plant that needs to work harder to generate more power for the electric vehicles, then we are with a gas powered vehicle.

        Hence why I stated, why would I want to pollute the planet more going with electricity until we remove the coal power plants from the grid. That's when I would think about going 'green'. With the coal power, I will be making the planet a worse place to live.

        Electric cars can hit the market in a few years, a proper power supply takes decades to build with the government providing us with no future direction = FAIL!
      • 4 Years Ago
      @vaibhav2400 -- you got spam in my autoblog. This isn't a place to advertise your website for free.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, oops, the above comment was a reply to a spammy comment that has now been deleted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      good luck. but I predict smartcar-like numbers. the first year was big, but the second year they took 40,000 pre-orders and only made about 14,500 sales. now nobody even cares about the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think with mass adoption of EV, we will see people pushing for cleaner electricity, and hopefully nuclear. I think it worth it when I look at BP's oil spill which just raped people livelihood. Then again, Fracking is raping people too... HBO's Gasland if you guys don't know what's fracking is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the LEAF is significant and this is why:

      A) It picked our imagination - it is the first electric car that seems feasible for a lot of people in their everyday lives.

      B) Nissan is helping drive down the cost of electric drive-trains (oil wont last forever)

      C) Nissan has taken the right steps to help develop the needed electrical infrastructure, something other cars like the Volt have tried to neglect and avoid with the use of yet more non renewable gasoline (that again wont last forever).
      • 4 Years Ago
      that polar bear is going to be busy. he might need a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this is a Nissan employee?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks but no thanks, I'll take the Volt
        • 4 Years Ago
        One has the range extending engine, one doesn't. They're for different purposes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Obviously having to replace batteries soon will make its resale value laughable after those four-five years."

        That what they said about the Prius, but it didn't happen.

        With an 8 year battery warranty, by the time anyone actually needs to spend money on new batteries, they're going to cost less than the maintenance on an 8 year old ICE would.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm waiting for the Ford Focus EV with it's active, water cooled/heated batteries, in 2012, at this point. Bigger car, perhaps more reliable batteries, probably costs less, too, because it's a Focus body, not a specifically designed, low production numbers vehicle.

        With the money I save on gasoline, I'll buy a 5.0 Mustang to fire up on Saturday mornings and wake the neighbours.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is a pretty major difference between a gas/electric hyrid versus a 100% electric vehicle. It's not a matter of convenience, or cost, it's a statement of commitment to the energy evolution. Moving away from gasoline will make us more independent to foreign oil, it'll force us to rethink about the energy evolution, and change the way we go about our business. Nissan is making that commitment to invest in the future, whereas GM is still stuttering with the Volt, which is questionably a worse proposition than the successful Prius. If it's not ZERO emission, why bother? Plenty of hybrids on the market, we need to take the next leap.

      btw: the Cold War is over right? Want independence from foreign oil, shut down coal burning power plants to reduce green houses gases? Remember those nuclear rods from the disassembled nukes we stockpile? Yeah, maybe a good time to start looking into nuclear energy......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dude The LEAF hasn't achieved anything. There is an old saying, "there is a sucker born every minute"

      Smart found their suckers, and I guess so has the Leaf. Just wondering if two years from now if there is going to be as many peed off Leaf owners as there are Smart owners.
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