All 2011 Nissan Leaf electric cars are reserved in Canada

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The 2011 Leaf allocation sold out in two hours. (Photo: Nissan)

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Get ready to see all-electric Nissan Leafs on Canadian roads soon, but not a lot until 2012 models arrive. (Photo: Nissan)

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The Nissan LEAF is a medium-sized hatchback with seating available for up to 5 adults. It may seem like a fairly normal car, until you factor in its all-electric powertrain. A lithium-ion battery provides power for the Leaf; it generates 107 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Though it takes 7 hours to fully charge through a 240-volt home charging dock, Nissan says a Level 3 Quick Charger can deliver an 80-percent charge in only 26 minutes.

It must be mentioned that problems concerning the Leaf's braking system and problems with restarting the vehicle have marred its success so far. Despite this, the Leaf was named the 2011 World Car of the Year. In Canada, the Leaf's popularity resulted in the entire allotment of 2011 models being claimed through an online registration process. In fact, Nissan says 2011 Leafs were all reserved within 2 hours by Canadian consumers.

Before you allow yourself to be overly impressed, only 40 2011 Leafs have been claimed through the registration process. Yes, that's quite a small allotment, so it comes as little surprise that throughout Nissan Canada's 27 Nissan Leaf certified dealerships the automaker managed to garner 40 vehicle reservations.

The tiny 2011 release of Nissan Leafs into Canada will be soon contrasted for the 2012 model year when approximately 600 vehicles will be allocated to the Canadian market. The first 40 Nissan Leaf customers in Canada can expect delivery of their new electric vehicles this month or later on into the fall, with the 2012 models following shortly thereafter.

"Response from Canadians since we first revealed the Nissan LEAF in 2009 has been astounding, so we're not surprised that our first inventory of 40 model year '11 cars were snapped up so quickly," said Judy Wheeler, Director of Marketing, Nissan Canada, Inc. "We expect this momentum to continue when we reopen reservations for model year '12 cars in the coming month, so keep your eyes open for more and more Nissan LEAFs driving around Canadians cities soon."

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Topics: Hatchback, EV, Nissan, 2011, Leaf, $30,000 - $39,999, Electric,

Geographic location: Canada

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