Nissan's LEAF Electric Car Sales Are Already Hot
ROLLE, SWITZERLAND - Nissan Motor Co. last week gave further details about the release date of their Nissan LEAF electric car to Europe. The lead European countries where deliveries of LEAF's will start in early 2011 are Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Nissan will start taking pre-orders for the Nissan LEAF on September 1, 2010 for those countries. In the Netherlands, the order process will begin one month later on October 1, 2010 and expected first sales there will start in June 2011. Nissan says that in Japan and the United States where the pre-orders have already started, the company has already received a combined 23,000 advance orders.
The Nissan LEAF is a 100% lithium-ion battery powered car with an 80 kW electric motor that delivers 280 Nm of torque. This electric power gives the LEAF a top speed of over 140 km/h or 90 mph. The laminated lithium-ion battery pack with 90 kW output power gives the LEAF a range of 160 km or 100 miles off of a full charge.
Sales prices have now been announced in Portugal (30,250 Euro), Ireland (29,995 Euro) and the United Kingdom (Â£23,990) and there is a sign-in process to Nissan's consumer web site to make a refundable 300 Euro (Â£257) deposit on the car as an intent to purchase. By December 2010 a confirmation to purchase process will happen, and customers will be given an opportunity to drive the LEAF before the December time period closes.
The Nissan LEAF comes equipped with climate control (air conditioning), GPS satellite navigation, and a reverse camera for parking. Owners can also access the controls of their Nissan LEAF's heater/air conditioner remotely using a smart phone.