Photo of a Nissan Leaf.
If you want a Nissan Leaf you will have to wait awhile. CC by Joseph Brent/Flickr

There are two huge debuts this year for green vehicles, one being the Chevy Volt, and the other is the Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is the more exciting of the two, as it is an all-electric car. The Leaf will be available for sale at dealerships by the end of 2010. The advance orders that Nissan offered for the Leaf are already full, months ahead of schedule. However, it will still only be available in five states.

Nissan Leaf sells like hotcakes

The first totally electric car from a major automaker is kind of a big deal, which the Leaf is. Every other green vehicle offered by a major car maker is a hybrid. Toyota, Honda, etc., are all devoid of all-electric models. According to the New York Times, Nissan offered consumers the chance to reserve a car in advance. That was in April. The idea was that word of mouth would spread and the reservations would be full by December, when the car is released to dealerships. However, all 20,000 reservation slots have already been booked. The goal was met a full three months ahead of schedule.

Leaf nothing up to chance

The intent was to get 20,000 orders in by spreading word of mouth with demonstrations. Currently, there is a demonstration tour going around, and Nissan wanted this tour of the zero-emissions vehicle to result in at least 20,000 reservations by the time of the first release in December 2010. It will only be available in 5 states initially. Dealers in Washington state, California, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee get the car in December. The very next month, two more states get them. The cars go to Texas and Hawaii after the initial release. By the end of 2011, the Leaf will be available everywhere.

Can’t leaf this opportunity alone

There is no use in denying it. Hybrids and electric cars are what will be the way of the future. It is likely that one day, there will be no more crude oil. More people want to cut their emissions and gas consumption while driving. Cars such as the Leaf will become the rule, rather than the exception.


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