Sunday, April 25, 2010

Has the era of the electric car arrived?

I have always been doubtful of the benefits of hybrid vehicles. It seemed to me having two different engines in a car would  be complicated and expensive. Fully electric vehicles are another matter. Looks like there are lots of people who agree with me too. The Nissan Leaf seems to become a best seller.
Right now the is grabbing headlines left and right. The company just kicked off its U.S. reservation period for the vehicle and eager buyers have flocked to become the first in line for this breakthrough electric. In fact, we recently learned that 6,635 people in the U.S. have signed up to reserved their Leaf in just 65 short hours. That's impressive. The amazing reception of the Leaf in the U.S. is a great indication of the general interest in electric vehicles (EVs) here, but what about elsewhere?
Over in Japan, the story is nearly the same. The reservation period for the Leaf has been open for about three weeks now and all signs are pointing towards great success for the world's first mass-produced EV. The automaker has already booked 3,754 pre-orders for the Leaf, more than half of its predicted first-year sales of 6,000 vehicles nationwide. The pre-order period opened in Japan on the first day of April.

Its world wide release is in 2012.

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