Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn has confirmed that the Nissan Leaf is doing extremely well. The US market’s allotment has been fully reserved, six months before the electric vehicle goes on sale. It has to be said though, that buyers can reserve these cars at a refundable fee of only $99.
Nissan has received 13,000 reservations from American customers. In the US, the Leaf costs $32,780, with Government incentives bringing it down to $25,280. In Japan, Nissan has received 6,000 reservations for the Leaf. Pre-orders for Europe start in July.
Ghosn has been very bullish about the sale of EVs, saying that they will comprise of 10% of all car sales within a decade. Nissan, with its Alliance partner Renault, expect to build 500,000 electric vehicles by 2012.
Over in our part of the world, we’ll have to ‘wait and see’ on the relevance and the practicality of electric cars. The lack of charging facilities in many countries don’t help EV introduction. But a market like the US is an indication of the promise of the Leaf has, very much like how they warmly embraced the Prius on a big scale before any other market.