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71Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is still really, really bullish about the Leaf electric car

Every time we hear Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speak, he kind of bowls us over with his strong belief in the all-electric Leaf and plug in vehicles in general. At the groundbreaking for the Smyrna, Tennessee battery plant last week, he once again expressed complete enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs). Yeah, we weren't surprised, either, but it was still good to hear this much hasn't changed. Here's how Ghosn described the Leaf in its current state:

62Carlos Ghosn: 2011 Nissan Leaf sold out

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 in the U.S., and 6,000 more in Japan– quite impressive for a vehicle almost no one's driven.

23Report: Nissan has 56,000 pre-orders for all-electric Leaf

Nissan Leaf – Click above for high-res image gallery

25REPORT: Nissan may offer optional higher-capacity batteries at premium

2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

5Nissan Leaf heading south of the border to Mexico City

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

62Nissan to lease LEAF battery for $150/month

2010 Nissan Leaf EV - Click above for high-res image gallery

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