Nissan has received 19,000 pre-orders for its new Leaf electric car, a figure almost double the 10,000 that will be made in its first year of production.
Order books are open in the US and Japan; 13,000 pre-orders have come from the US and 6000 from Japan. European pre-orders will commence next month.
Production of the Leaf will start in Tokyo later this year the firm aims to produce 10,000 units by the end of March 2011.
Andy Palmer, head of Nissan’s EV diciosn, said the firm would be screening potential customers who’ve placed pre-orders to ensure the Leaf met with their requirements.
“We'll even be advising some people not to buy,” he told Automotive News. “We don't want them to be driving 300 miles a day.
“It's all about managing expectations. Electric cars aren't for everyone.”
The car will cost from £23,350 (including a £5000 government incentive) in the UK when it goes on sale next year.