So you've heard all of the buzz around Electric Vehicles hitting the road next year. Is it all hype? Take a look at the email I received from Nissan Motors today:
"We are thrilled with the overwhelming enthusiasm people like you have shown for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF™. To date, 20,000 people have already reserved a LEAF - a number that has exceeded our expectations.
We have completed the first phase of reservations. In order to provide the best level of customer service and premium ownership experience to the first Nissan LEAF drivers, we will not be accepting new reservations until the next phase begins. A subsequent phase of reservations will begin next year, after current reservations and orders have been processed.
We're grateful for your understanding and patience as we work to bring this 100% electric car to you."
So, not only is Nissan's car real and will be shipping it's first 5,700 units in December, they already have pre-orders for 20,000 vehicles and have suspended their reservation system three months ahead of schedule. They won't resume orders until some time next year.
In preparation for the introduction of the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt in 2011, the Department of Energy's Transportation Electrification Initiative has supplied ARRA money in the form of grants to several companies to begin the mass installation of EV charging stations across the country. By the time the LEAF and Volt are both on the market, there will be over 15,000 EV charging stations in 16 strategic cities across the nation.
Who Killed the Electric Car? The answer to that question is debatable but I can tell you that I know who brought it back to life. You can thank the Prius owners who laid the foundation for energy efficient hybrid electric vehicles. You can thank everyone who pre-ordered the Nissan LEAF and all those who will buy the Chevy Volt. However, the most important person to thank is every American citizen who has helped fund the grants and incentives that have revived the Electric Car.
- The Mapawatt Team
Watch the Nissan LEAF Test Drive on the Mapawatt Youtube Channel