Reserved – Nissan LEAF One Year Later

Inside the LEAF
I may have to wait even longer to sit in my own driver’s seat

That was me in October of 2010, test driving the Nissan LEAF, more than 6 months after I put my name and $99 to be one of the first 20,000 on the reserved list.

Today is one year since I’ve reserved my LEAF and nothing in the way of updates of when I can expect to get one. While I understand the priority given to the launch markets combined with the incredible task of rolling out a consumer vehicle that doesn’t run on gasoline, it’s still a bit frustrating to still be waiting.

Then I read today’s news release, which got me more frustrated. They are opening up the reservation list again, with only 500 of the 20,000 LEAFs delivered to their owners so far. That’s another 19,500 owners that paid $99 still waiting arrival of their electric car.

The part of the press release that’s frustrating is here:

“More markets will follow, with market availability in the southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia) this fall, and nationwide ordering in 2012.”

No detailed mention of when those of us remaining 19,500 will see our LEAF. I was hoping that an August or September delivery date would happen, but given today’s news, it sounds like I will be waiting even longer to go electric.

I’m holding out hope that delivery will happen this year, but at this point, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Stay tuned.

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