What's up with the sales, orders and reservations of the Nissan Leaf? Nissan loudly trumpeted the 20,000 reservations it originally collected back in September, 2010 and Nissan's Mark Perry recently told AutoblogGreen that, since then, that number has climbed to around 26,000. Where do things stand today? That's not exactly simple to figure out. Here's what we know:
  • Number of accepted Leaf reservations: 26,000
  • Number of Leaf models sold: 10,000
  • – Number sold in January: 800 (estimate)
  • – Number sold in February: 800 (estimate. Perry recently said these two months were sold out or nearly sold out)
  • – Number of people who haven't had a chance to order because they live in a state where the Leaf is not yet for sale: 2,000 (according, again, to Perry)
  • – Number of people who cancelled (unknown)
  • = 12,400 people or so
Nissan's Katherine Zachary tells Autoblog that the company doesn't share cancellation data, so it's not possible for outsiders to know exactly how many of the 12,400 have raised and then lowered their hands. Zachary added, "We have new people coming into the process every day, so it's really a moving target." Still, somewhere out there, there could be 12,000 people who are patiently waiting to snatch up Nissan's 2012 Leaf production. Even if 50 percent of them cancelled, that still leaves many months of strong sales coming for Nissan in the U.S. this coming year, even as production ramps up.

One thing that Zachary was willing to share were the colors chosen by buyers for model year 2012 Leaf orders. They are:
  • Brilliant Silver – 24%
  • Blue Ocean – 23%
  • Glacier Pearl – 21%
  • Cayenne Red – 19%
  • Super Black – 14%
Given that Blue Ocean was the Leaf's "Launch Color," we're a bit surprised to see it being outsold by silver, if only just. If you were going to order a Leaf (or if you have), what color would it be? Take our poll below.



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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      interesting that the poll differs from sales. I chose the white. I think the original reservation number was global. and 20000 have been sold globally
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I picked Red, but only if there are black rims. Silver would be my second choice, but might be first if I saw both next to each other. White isn't a bad either, they had that color to ride in at the Auto show.
      Craig
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a Leaf and love it. What is the agenda with the haters? If I chose to drive an electric car who cares. Yes, I am sick of oil and all the problems associated with it but I don't go online and bag on people who drive ICE vehicles. Except just then. To the guy in HI, I believe they wanted to develop a big geothermal project there but someone put a stop to it. To bad it would have been great. They don't pay for electricity in Iceland. Wouldn't that be nice?
      Rich
      • 2 Years Ago
      I test drove a Leaf. Very impressed. Our house is 100% solar powered and can't wait to get an electric car. But the leaf needs a bit more range to be our daily car. 120 miles would do it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      No color. I mean, the color the parts come originally in. I would want my car to be as nonpolluting as possible.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think we are within 6 -9 months away from getting them in my area. I had three of the reservation listed in the total. I cancelled all three. I did not see much point in having a reservation when anyone from a rollout state would jump the line in front of me. My first reservation put in in the first 6,000 people or something and they said I still could not get it until the rollout for my state, which was going to be when they rolled out to the last states. So much for the "save your place in line". They sell them about 20 miles from my house but it is another state and they are not allowed to sell one to me. I have looked at it and played with the carwings. I plan to drive it soon. The salesman knew he could not sell me one so when he offered to let me drive it, but I could not waste his time when he could be selling a car. I saw customers standing around waiting for someone to talk with at the time. I waited this long so I might as well wait to see if the 2013 model has the bigger charger like some people have suggested.
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, I didn't ask for my $100 deposit back. You guys can keep it until I buy a Nissan EV, which will happen sooner rather than later. I reserved the car, I will get one (or another Nissan EV) just havn't done so yet because I ran out of garage space,
      TurboFroggy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The choice of colors suck, why not colors of leaves? No green, brown, yellow? Really? These colors are available on other Nissan cars and they are all just "catridges" in the fully computerized paint booth in the factory. I love our Super Black Leaf, but I would have liked to have it the same lime green as our old 2001 TDI Beetle.
      • 2 Years Ago
      You Leaf people are so self-congratulatory. You're trading off smog pollution for smug pollution.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 2 Years Ago
        that's funny fifty. in your face! : ) we are better people than you. deal with it
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        The real smug comes from the gasoline fume-addled luddites who smugly insist on telling other people how they should spend their money ("Anything but one of those stupid battery cars! A diesel is better! 37 mpg is just as good as 93 mpge!, etc.") while stupidly ignoring the many reasons (not just pollution) why people might want to buy a car that burns less gasoline.
        Tagbert
        • 2 Years Ago
        An your's doesn't smell, either.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fifty Ville: You sound pretty damn smug yourself (and no, I don't have a hybrid or electric car).
      Smurf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Silver is last decade's color. It is time to bring color back into vehicles.....
      Neil Blanchard
      • 2 Years Ago
      The white will be the easiest to cool in hot weather, and it might even have the longest range, all else being equal. Is the window glass low-e coated to exclude infrared? That would help, too. Neil
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        3m makes a great crystalline IR-blocking film, in various densities. They have one that is opaque enough that most LEOs won't notice it on your front windscreen - which in many states is illegal so I'm not suggesting you consider such an application. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/ScotchgardAutoProtection/Home/CarBuyers/Home/Products/WindowFilm/CrystallineWindowFilm/
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        'Front UV reducing glass' http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/estimator/index#/leaf-electric-car/estimator/index I've often wondered why there is much talk about the heat reflecting benefits of a white car, but little mention of the heat retaining virtues of black in the winter.
          Neil Blanchard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          All color cars warm up plenty in the winter, but most get way too hot in summer. Plus, you are typically wearing a coat and gloves in the winter, but in the summer it is hard to drive nekkid... Neil
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Nissan dealer in Ventura has at least seven Leafs available for sale and I heard that ten are available at the dealer in downtown LA. It's strange that they're stacking up here in Cali when some states aren't even selling them yet.
      dale7603x
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in Hawaii in the winter where they generate 95+ percent of their electricity in oil fired power plants, to charge electric cars so they won't pollute the air. Am I missing something?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dale7603x
        Over the year they generated 77.3% of their electricity by oil: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/8393984/Safe-nuclear-does-exist-and-China-is-leading-the-way-with-thorium.html That's way too high, of course, but it is not 95%. Another 13.5% comes from coal. They have excellent wind and geothermal potential there, and of course solar but that is still very expensive even though it is a better resource than almost anywhere else in the US. That of course is the price before subsidy. A few small reactors of course would do the job fine.
          lne937s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Solar has come down in price dramatically, and continues to drop. The total cost for the First Solar Topaz installation, including panels, land, infrastructure, etc. came to $3.64 per watt. In sunny places like Hawaii, that is significantly cheaper than new nuclear or even diesel generation. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-25/solar-cheaper-than-diesel-making-india-s-mittal-believer-energy.html Hawaii's electricity rates are astronomical (some businesses pay $.42 per kWh). At those rates, solar installations or at least rooftop solar to offset consumption make a lot of sense. http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/?vgnextoid=692e5e658e0fc010VgnVCM1000008119fea9RCRD&vgnextchannel=10629349798b4110VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=defau&vgnextrefresh=1&level=0&ct=article Putting nuclear reactors in geologically unstable locations is unwise. And centralized generation doesn't work too well between a string of islands. But Hawaii also has plentiful wind and geothermal resources to fill in the gaps. Hawaii's generating mix is changing rapidly, to the point that regulations are having a hard time keeping up. Electric cars can take advantage of those new power sources, whereas other cars rely on just liquid fuels. By the time electric cars make up the majority of vehicles on the islands, the majority of their fuel will likely be renewable.
          Smurf
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Hawaii would also be an ideal place to develop sugar cane ethanol......
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dale7603x
        No, everyone else is.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          Paul, Yep, on the present electricity source pattern. The difference is that by going electric you can use electricity generated by any source, whereas petrol cars are more limited. There would be little point in swapping to electric cars if they intended to keep the electricity source the same.
          • 2 Years Ago
          They also fail to mention that because steam generated electricity is only 33 % efficient, that the leaf requires approximately the same amount of oil consumption as an auto which gets 40 mpg; and the volt uses the same amount of oil as a gasoline powered auto which gets 36 mpg. Therefore there is little to justify the cost of the electric cars at this time as they consume the same amount of oil as a gasoline powered auto, if one is willing to opt for a smaller auto and drive efficiently. These numbers are calculated using the EPA's own ratings on the electric cars. The elephant in the room is that they neglect the 33% efficiency of the steam plant, assuming that all electricity is solar or wind generated.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dale7603x
        http://www.stanford.edu/group/greendorm/participate/cee124/TeslaReading.pdf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dale7603x
        http://www.stanford.edu/group/greendorm/participate/cee124/TeslaReading.pdf
        Smurf
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dale7603x
        Yes. You are missing something. The efficiency of an electric motor compared to an ICE combined with the mass production of electricty means that even if 100% of the electricity comes from the same dirty source, the EV is still 67% cleaner. Add on top of that that even more energy is burned to harvest, refine and transport the gasoline, and it is a no brainer that EV's are "significantly" cleaner. You are DEFINITELY missing something. Get your information from somewhwere other than Fox News and you won't be missing so much.....
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