Nissan's recently announced pairing with the state of Hawaii that reinforces our view that our nation's only island state is ideal for electric vehicles (EVs). With the Leaf's arrival in Hawai'i scheduled for January 2011, Nissan is now reporting that pre-orders for its electric hatchback have eclipsed the 300 mark. Since Nissan has tallied more than 18,000 U.S. pre-orders for the Leaf, 300 for Hawai'i doesn't seem like much. That is, until you consider that the state's entire population amounts
From time to time, our inbox explodes with a story that brings us to near laughter and, thanks to tipster Guillame, today was one of those times. In case you weren't aware, the Nissan Leaf arrived in Ireland on the 4th of August and took the staring role in the "Nissan Leaf Roadshow." The Roadshow's purpose was quite simple: Nissan wanted the Irish folk to see the Leaf, drive it and, hopefully, fork over some money to pre-order it.
When poked and prodded hard enough, an automaker occasionally lets some information squeak out without intentions to do so. Luckily, we almost immediately get wind of any slip-up and bring it directly to you. Case in point: CNN Money writer Peter Valdes-Dapena spoke with Nissan spokesman Steve Oldham. Among other things, the discussion focused on production numbers for the Leaf. As expected, Oldham's responses were scarce on details, but he may have inadvertently let some specifics fly.
Up until now, Nissan has managed the pre-ordering process for the Leaf without a hitch. From taking reservations to conducting home charger assessments, the step-by-step process of ordering the Leaf has moved right along with seamless precision, making Nissan appear rather well prepared to undertake the complex process of offering a breakthrough electric vehicle to the public. Prepared or not, we expected a snag somewhere along the way and it finally happened.
The initial surge for Nissan Leaf pre-orders has long since died down, but the company is still steadily racking up more potential sales, albeit at a much slower rate. The last time that we updated the Leaf's pre-order status, U.S. interest stood at 13,000 strong with an additional 6,000 claimed in Japan. Now, Nissan reports that more than 15,000 U.S. buyers have plunked down their $99 reservation fee and stepped in line for the Leaf. Combining the U.S. and Japan, pre-orders for the Leaf now sta