Nissan LEAF reservations to begin April 20th

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Nissan will begin taking reservations for the Nissan LEAF electric car on April 20th of this year. First priority will be given to those people who signed up earlier during the Nissan LEAF cross country campaign in the U.S. The Nissan LEAF will begin rolling out to select markets in December and world distribution will follow in early 2011.

In order to get on the reservation list, customers must be registered on NissanUSA.com by the end of today. Later, reservations will open to the general public on May 15.

“Early interest in the Nissan LEAF has been highly encouraging,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales & marketing, NNA. “People from across the country have raised their hands to be among the first to drive home a Nissan LEAF. Consumers are pledging broad support for the first affordable electric vehicle for the mass market.”

Here are the reservation details for the Nissan LEAF:

* Priority reservation instructions will be sent to early registrants by email between 1-6 pm EDT on April 20. The email will include an exclusive link enabling each person to start the reservation process.
* Through the link, the customer will create an account, configure his or her vehicle, and answer questions to complete a driving profile.
* Consumers will be asked to pay by credit card a $99 reservation fee, which is fully refundable.
* After placing a reservation, a customer will be able to indicate a preferred dealer.
* Consumers who reserve a Nissan LEAF will receive confirmation numbers. Nissan will provide individual updates for their reservations by June 30.
* Reservations are limited to one per household.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2011 Nissan LEAF is $32,780. The Nissan LEAF is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit. The consumer’s after-tax net value of the vehicle will be $25,280. Plus there is a $5,000 statewide tax rebate is offered if you live in California and Georgia, and a $1,500 tax credit in Oregon. Check with your state to see the tax credit information for green cars.

There is a good news if you are not fully ready for an electric car, the Nissan LEAF is also available for leasing at a starting price of $349 per month.