Many More Nissan LEAFs Making Their Way Into Owners' Hands

· · 7 years ago

Although Nissan did make good on their promise to start delivering LEAFs by the end of 2010, there's been a significant amount of rumbling that less than 10 LEAFs were actually delivered in all of December—the first month the LEAF was available. PluginCars.com was there for the absolute first LEAF delivery, and has since then covered some of the scant few others during the month of December. But after all the excitement of those first deliveries died down it started to feel a bit hollow given that none of the other LEAF orderers were getting notification that their cars were going to be delivered any time soon.

For Nissan LEAF orderers it also felt like a slap in the face that GM delivered more than 300 Volts in December. Given that Nissan has a stated output of 50,000 LEAFs for 2011 and GM has a stated output of about 10,000 Volts, it seemed strange that GM was beating them out of the gate. Certainly it's a long term endeavor and comparing just one month of deliveries is almost meaningless, but still, the competition for green minds and wallets is there. During the first LEAF delivery Nissan did commit to "thousands" of LEAF deliveries by the end of summer 2011, it's just a matter of how fast those cars start rolling out now.

As this first week of January opens it seems that Nissan is ready to deliver perhaps hundreds of cars in the next two weeks and has started sending out delivery confirmation emails to people who have ordered the vehicles. According to a topic thread over at the MyNissanLEAF forum, as of today, January 3, 2011, about 32 forum members have received an email telling them their vehicles will be ready to pick up within a couple of weeks—some of them as soon as the end of this week. Most of the deliveries seem to be concentrated in California at this point, which shouldn't be all that shocking given that the majority of orders have come from the sunshine state. Clearly the LEAF forum members represent a small slice of the LEAF ordering community so it can be extrapolated that if dozens of them are getting these emails, there are many more that haven't chimed in on the forum boards.

In any event, it seems that the dam has broken and now the nation's first LEAFs are starting to roll out in increasing capacity. Good news for those on the waiting list.

Comments

· · 7 years ago

And yet mine sits for over two weeks at the port, cold, wet, shivering in the dark. Hang in there little buddy...

· · 7 years ago

Does it yet have the wood cladding to keep it warm? Or is it REALLY cold?

· · 7 years ago

No woody applique, so it's really cold. But I'll get it home eventually and feed it a little 40A 240V, it's like chicken soup for EVs! I just hope it doesn't sneeze all night long.

· · 7 years ago

If you truly add the woody applique, the first round of beer is on me. ;)

· · 7 years ago

Actually wouldn't it work the other way? After a couple of pitchers of Fat Tire, I'd say something like "damn, wouldn't my LEAF look really good as a woody?" You'd be like "Hell ya... hic". Next thing you know...

· · 7 years ago

... next thing you know, I'm wearing a fat tire bike jersey and I've forgotten all about EVs.
http://darelldd.com/bicycle/images/jersey/jersey_fat2006_back.jpg

· · 7 years ago

That's great!!

· George Parrott (not verified) · 7 years ago

Still no additional news on when mine will arrive other than the long standing dashboard detail of "February 2010." When is YOURS now scheduled for arriving at the home garage Nick? My Volt is now in Iowa with arrival at City of Industry on this Friday. Our home charge point, courtesy of that Volt order, was installed yesterday, so we ARE ready for both on our end.

· George Parrott (not verified) · 7 years ago

Ooops, "February 2011"

But that was an obvious typo, or was it simply another wish on my part?

· · 7 years ago

GM sold 326 Volts in December 2010.
http://media.gm.com/content/dam/Media/gmcom/investor/2011/DeliveriesDece...

· SeattleBlueLeaf (not verified) · 7 years ago

Nick - I recall that you are purchasing a LEAF as well. What is the timeframe for your delivery?

· · 7 years ago

Nissan sold 19 Leafs in December 2010.
http://www.nissannews.com/newsrelease.do?id=2209&mid=

· · 7 years ago

For those that are curious about my LEAF delivery timeframe, it's still listed as "pending" in my Nissan LEAF online dashboard. My dealer was kind of uneducated about the whole process and we couldn't get the terms agreed to until a couple of days after it opened. I'm guessing somewhere around February or March for me.

I'm still trying to get Nissan to give me a long term media loan so I can drag that thing through the wringer and give it a proper shakedown without worrying about future resale value... then give it a proper outing on the internet ;) They tell me to keep bugging them and eventually it will happen.

· · 7 years ago

I spoke with Nissan yesterday about my LEAF and why it's stuck at the port with an "on hold" status and no delivery date. I was told my LEAF, as well as others (didn't say how many), were being held for "processing of port modifications". I asked what sort of modifications? He said he didn't know in my case, but in the past he's seen it often involves swapping out a part or parts. I said but Nissan have been releasing LEAFs to the dealers for several days now. He said if LEAFs produced after mine had the problem resolved on the assembly line, before they were shipped, then they could actually be distributed from the Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) ahead of LEAFs produced and shipped much earlier with the issue which requires port modifications.

· · 7 years ago

Interesting bit of intel. Who did you speak with at Nissan indy?

· · 7 years ago

I spoke with a CSR on 877-664-2738. You can also email or chat, but you'll get the best data, IMHO, calling the toll free number. I've also called and talked to my PD twice over the last couple of weeks. He only provided moral support and encouragement and says to "hang in there" but provides no actual tangible data. So either doesn't really have any data or if he does he won't share it. He says he's going to makes some calls, escalate this thing, get to the bottom of this, but nothing ever happens.

So does Nissan have to file any report with the DOT on such vehicle issues resolved at the port? They certainly do if it were an actual recall right?

· · 7 years ago

Thanks indyflick, I'm going to be at the Detroit Auto Show next week and I have an interview scheduled with Brian Carolin, SVP of sales and marketing. I'll be sure to ask him if there were any technical issues that needed to be resolved after the cars were built and shipped, but before they were delivered to customers... and if that was related to the relatively slow rollout in any way.

· · 7 years ago

@Nick, I just sent you a list of questions, to the main plugincars.com email, for you to consider during your interview with Brian Carolin.

· · 7 years ago

Is there anyone out there that is getting a Leaf in the Flagstaff,AZ area? I would love to hear from you.

· George Parrott (not verified) · 7 years ago

It is not a "recall" if the vehicles are fixed before customer delivery, so this is another reason for Nissan to keep those early production LEAF cars on the dock before sending them out to actual customers. Of course, I am pleased to note, that this is basically what I have been saying for 6 weeks or so..."that there was a production problem" with the early LEAF factory output," and that Nissan Corporate was simply stonewalling us as to WHY deliveries were clearly delayed from what had been nationally assured (not quite promised, but repeatedly assured via direct LEAF customer service verbal responses AND the LEAF dashboard for the first two months after our 31 August order date). I am still amazed that more of us did not realize this or more aggressively question the Nissan Corporate flacks (yes, I am using that term with intended criticism) on these delays of delivery.

It is GREAT to actually see pictures of transport trucks fully loaded with LEAF cars for customer delivery; clearly "the dam has broken" and we can now hope that the LEAF will fall smoothly from the tree henceforth.

I know I am ready for mine to be in the garage here in West Sacramento.

· · 7 years ago

>> here in West Sacramento.
.
Hey! You're ten minutes from me! You'll have to swing by when yours arrives. My ten minute "test drive" wasn't quite enough to see and touch everything!

· · 7 years ago

Sorry for putting it into this topic (because it is the newest one) but
when GM lowered Volt price ???????
It is $40,280 now on Chevrolet website:
http://www.chevrolet.com/volt/

It used to be $41,000.

· · 7 years ago

Yegor, if you read the fine print on that site, it says the $40,280 doesn't include the destination freight charge—which is exactly $720. Added together that equals $41,000, which is the base price GM uses to calculate their lease and purchase price marketing numbers.

· · 7 years ago

Ok,
Thanks Nick!

· curt (not verified) · 7 years ago

Anxiously, awaiting word on my Leaf too. Saw a bunch got delivered to Fontana Nissan (my dealer), but alas my dashboard still has, "pending". I'm really beginning to hate that word :-Z

· · 7 years ago

Anxiously awaiting my leaf. Only another 13 months or so to go for Illinois deliveries.

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