Nissan Leaf Production Ramps Up, U.S. Availability Grows

Want to get your hands on a 2012 Nissan Leaf? Chances are it'll be easier than ever before, seeing as the automaker announced the electric hatchback will now expand into more U.S. markets.

The Leaf was only available in seven states when it first went on sale in December of 2010, but that figure is rapidly increasing. Priority orders for the 2012 Leaf began last week in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and New York for buyers with existing reservations. Now, the general public is able to place new reservations and orders. By year’s end, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will also see the Leaf on Nissan dealer lots.

This expansion comes just in time for the updated 2012 Leaf, which comes with more standard goodies including quick charging features, and a new cold weather package, complete with a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and front and rear  heated seats.  The availability of this option package is well-timed, considering the majority of these new markets experience more extreme winter weather.

Source: Nissan

Mitch Greig
Ask Nissan how much it costs to replace the battery pack when its capacity starts to decline (usually after five years or so). I bet they refuse to tell you!

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