Nissan Motor Co. announced on Monday it had received 6,000 orders for its LEAF electric car in Japan, meeting its sales target for all of 2010 in just two months.
The company will continue to accept reservations; orders will be delivered on a priority basis in 2011. The Nissan LEAF goes on sale in Japan in December 2010.
Nissan began taking orders from retail customers in Japan on April 1, and from April 20 in North America. Japan’s third-biggest automaker will start taking orders in Europe from customers in Netherlands, Portugal, the UK and Ireland.
Nissan had already received orders for 13,000 LEAF electric cars in Japan and the United States as of a month ago, surpassing its output capacity of 10,000 units for the business year ending in March 2011.
About 60 percent of the pre-sale orders are from corporate customers. About 60 percent of the retail customers placing orders in Japan were over 50 years old, the company said in a statement.