Nissan Leaf Early Reservation List Starts Tomorrow

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.

BC (Ben) Upham is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He has written for the New York Times, and was a writer and editor for News Communications, Inc., a local paper consortium serving Manhattan. When he's not blogging on green issues -- and especially renewable energy -- he's hiking in the Angeles Mountains or hanging out at El Matador.

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