Pre-orders for the new electric hatchback are almost double the 10,000 to be initially produced
10 June 2010

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.

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10 June 2010

Just read an article in another mag(sorry!) which said that when it comes too trade in time that car's like this might only be worth ten percent of their original price, now i don't know about you but i'd think hard before committing,that's premium car depreciation percentage-wise you know!

Peter Cavellini.

10 June 2010

The battery pack is super expensive and may only last 5 years, 10 tops.

10 June 2010

price isnt final yet on the UK leaf, £5k grant not yet approved.

10 June 2010

[quote beachland2]

price isnt final yet on the UK leaf, £5k grant not yet approved.

[/quote]

If and when, this £5K grant needs kicking in the head. Surely this should be one of the governments cut backs

10 June 2010

I wonder how many of those thousands of customers will put their money where their mouth is when it comes to money collection time. I bet loads will back out...

time will tell....

10 June 2010

When parked under trees in Autumn will they decompose? you know being ultimately environmentally friendly.

10 June 2010

Some work to do on the electric car before it becomes viable value for money I think. I saw my first Tesla this week and haven't stopped laughing since.

10 June 2010

what was the joke?

10 June 2010

With all the street cred of a Nissan and a Hotpoint combined should make a great girlies car.

10 June 2010

[quote roadrat]With all the street cred of a Nissan and a Hotpoint combined should make a great girlies car.[/quote]

girls have far more "street cred" than boys do.

thats a fact.

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