Reservations for Nissan Leaf opening April 20

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The Nissan Leaf will have a 100-mile range on a single charge. Image from Flickr.

If you’ve been waiting excitedly for the Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle, then $99 will put you first in line as soon as it is released. The Nissan Leaf website has been taking reservations for a few months, but on April 20, a $99 deposit will put you “on the list” when the Leaf is released.

What is the Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf is going to be the first mass-market all-electric vehicle in the United States. With a range of 100 miles on a single charge, the Leaf comfortably covers most commute-and-errands distances. The Leaf (also known as LEAF – Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable Family car) is set to be available in North America, Japan, and Europe.

How much will the Leaf cost?

In the United States, the Leaf’s Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price will be $32,780. With a federal tax credit, the price will drop to about $25,280. Many other states are including extra vehicle incentives. California and Georgia offer a $5,000 tax credit, and Oregon has a $1,500 credit. This tax credit does begin ramping down after 200,000 vehicles are sold.

Can I charge the Leaf at home?

The Nissan Leaf can charge, depending on the station, in as little as 45 minutes. A full charge on a household circuit could take up to 16 hours. As a part of the basic purchase price, Nissan will offer a charging dock installed and built by AeroVironment, sold at-cost.

Where can I get the Leaf?

The Nissan Leaf will be released first in December of 2010 in “select markets” including Oregon, California, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. Major cities in these states have also been outfitted with charging stations. In order to get in on this first release of the Nissan Leaf, a customer must pay the $99 reservation fee online. Approximately 4,700 vehicles will be available in this first roll-out. By Spring of 2011, the availability of the Leaf will be “increased,” and full market availability in 2012.

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