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Friday, April 23, 2010

Nissan Leaf Shows Pent Up Demand for Electric Vehicles

Nissan says it collected 6,635 reservations for its upcoming LEAF electric sedan in just ONE DAY, including as many as 2,700 in the first three hours that the automaker started accepting refundable deposits for the vehicle.

That figure represents more than 10 percent of the Leafs Nissan will build in its first year of production. Given that more than 3,700 people in Japan have reserved Leafs, about 20 percent of the 50,000 first year’s production is already spoken for.

By comparison, 520 people put down a deposit in the first week for the Tesla Model S back in April 2009. Nissan will no doubt announce the first weeks figure when it becomes available.

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