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Nissan Starts Taking Names for LEAF Electric Car On April 20th

Total number of 'hand-raisers' now surpasses 115,000, who will be given priority on $99 reservation list.

Published: 19-Apr-2010

Americans who have been waiting for an affordable, all-electric car won't have to wait much longer.

See also EV World's podcast interview with Nissan's Mark Perry.

The four-door Nissan Leaf will go on sale later this year at a cost of about $20,000 after a federal tax credit and state rebate, a price low enough that auto industry analysts say it will attract consumers who have never considered driving electric vehicles before.

Interest in the Leaf is so high that Nissan will begin accepting reservations Tuesday. While it will be the first affordable all-electric car to hit the market, several other models are expected to roll out within the next two years.

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