"A shipment of more than 600 Nissan Leafs destined for the U.S. left port in Japan on March 10, just prior to the earthquake and will arrive as scheduled," according to Nissan's presser dated March 14th. Well, arrive they did. Nissan's Luna Spirit car carrier is now docked at the Port of Long Beach in California and is ready for unloading.
The Luna Spirit is one of five vessels that transported Leafs from Japan to the U.S. during the month of March. The other ships include the Andromeda Spirit, the Bergamot Ace, the Hoegh Inchon and the United Spirit. All told, some 1,500 Leafs arrived in the U.S. in March.
Once unloaded, the Leafs will be trucked to dealerships where pre-order customers will pick them up. This batch of 1,500 Leafs, according to Plugin Cars, will push Nissan's electric hatch past several milestones, most notably exceeding the 5,000-unit production mark, which gives Nissan the right to brag that its Leaf is one of the highest volume electric vehicles ever.
[Source: Plugin Cars]