If you want to be the first on your block with a Nissan Leaf, get over to the Nissan site and register today. Starting tomorrow, the 115,000 or so people who have expressed early interest in the all-electric passenger car will have the first opportunity to formally reserve one, for a $99 refundable deposit.
Those who reserve a car will also get to configure their Leaf online, and chose a preferred dealer for delivery. Exciting!!
Reservations will be open to the general public starting May 15.
The Leaf will go on sale in a limited way in December, and be widely available soon thereafter. Production of the first-ever mass produced all-electric, zero-emissions car sold in the US will be around 50,000 a year, reports Treehugger.
Nissan surprised the emerging electric vehicle industry last month when it announced a remarkably low MSRP of $32,780 for the Leaf, which drops to $25,780 with a $7,500 federal tax credit. California and other states offer rebates that can bring the price down to $20,280. The Leaf MSRP does not include a charge adapter that will cost $2,200 after a $1,100 rebate.
The Tesla Roadster EV, by contrast, retails for $109,000, although the company recently unveiled a sedan that starts at $50,000.
Nissan says the car will have a 100-mile range on one charge. The Chevy Volt, due out in November, can go only 40 miles on its battery pack before a gasoline-powered “range extender” takes over.
Like that other ground-breaking green passenger car, the Prius, the Leaf will be made at a factory in Japan.