Nissan has received 20,000 pre-orders for its all-electric LEAF three months ahead of schedule.
The company had been expecting to hit the 20,000 LEAF pre-orders mark by early December. For those of you who are interested but late, there will be a new phase of reservations early next year.
Consumers who already have made reservations will continue to have the opportunity to purchase or lease an all-electric Nissan LEAF. Orders have been prioritized based on market timing and when consumers submitted their original reservations online and paid their refundable $99 reservation fee.
If you didn’t reserve a LEAF and still want to, you can sign up on nissanusa.com, and you’ll be contacted in advance of the next phase of reservations in 2011.
The Nissan LEAF base price of $32,780 falls to $25,280 with a $7,500 federal tax credit. If you live in California, you qualify for a $5,000 rebate, which brings the price down to $20,280. Other states have rebates as well. Hawaii offers $4,500. Colorado provides $6,000. Washington State has a $2,000 sales tax exemption, Oregon provides a $1,500 tax credit and the State of Tennessee will offer $2,500 rebates.
Consumers and other interested drivers will have the first opportunity to test-drive a Nissan LEAF in select markets starting Oct. 1 through the “Drive Electric Tour.” The tour will provide information about the car, its technology, and its features, along with the first public test-drives.
Tour stops include:
|Oct. 1-3: Santa Monica, Calif.||Jan. 7-9, 2011: Houston|
|Oct. 8-10: Anaheim, Calif.||Jan. 14-16: Dallas|
|Oct. 15-17: San Diego||Jan. 21-23: Jacksonville, Fla.|
|Oct. 22-24: Los Angeles||Jan. 28-30: Miami|
|Oct. 29-31: San Jose, Calif.||Feb. 4-6: Orlando, Fla.|
|Nov. 5-7: Hillsboro, Ore.||Feb. 11-13: Tampa, Fla.|
|Nov. 12-14: Seattle||Feb. 18-20: Atlanta|
|Nov. 20-28: San Francisco||Feb. 25-27: Knoxville|
|Dec. 3-5: Tempe, Ariz.||March 4-6: Charlotte, N.C.|
|Dec. 10-12: Tucson, Ariz.||March 11-13: Raleigh, N.C.|
|Dec. 17-19: Austin, Texas||March 18-20: Washington, D.C.|
|March 25-27: Nashville|