Leaf Orders Put on Back Burner
For the past several months, those that have wanted the new Nissan Leaf have been placed on a waiting list, and now the waiting list is closed out. Nissan has been struggling to meet the needs of those that have ordered the new Leaf. The company said that they projected making around 10,000 of the Leaf's believing that they would be plenty. However, right now the company needs to have around 27,000 units to keep up with the supply and demand, and that is not considering orders that could be coming in if the list were still open.
By April the first, Nissan will have the ability to make around 50,000 Leafs. However, they are still unsure when they will begin taking orders for these since 17,000 of those that are to be produced are already guaranteed to those on a waiting list. Which means to meet the global demands, they are going to only have around 33,000 units.
Right now, the vehicles are only being made in Tokyo. However, Britain is having a plant introduced in 2012, and there will be a new plant in Tennessee by 2013. So when can customers expect the availability of the Nissan Leaf to not include a waiting list? In all honesty it could be by the time that the Tennessee plant in 2013. Right now it is just taking too much time to deliver the Leaf's to areas of the US that are due them.
Customers are getting irritated waiting on their new Leaf, and Nissan understands the frustration that consumers are feeling. However, the company has stated that they are doing everything within their power in order to make sure that they are producing enough vehicles to satisfy customers. However, many consumers are seriously considered the Chevrolet Volt as an alternative since most people are not having to wait for these vehicles, which is good news for Chevrolet.