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Delivery of Nissan Leaf vehicles delayed

Nissan Leaf at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show (LHD).

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Nissan says pre-orders for the Leaf electric car will be delayed months longer than expected. Those who signed up to buy last summer, expecting delivery of the car this month or next, may have to wait as long as May or June, a USA Today article reported Saturday.

Apparently Nissan's delivery estimates were more than its single production plant in Japan could handle. Additional production is expected to begin next year at the company's Smyrna, Tenn. plant and at a Sunderland, UK plant in 2013. The Tennessee plant will be capable of producing 150,000 electric cars annually, while the European plant will have an initial annual production capacity of about 50,000 units, according tot he company.

The good news for anyone who pre-ordered: Reuters reports today that Nissan plans to add overtime and holidays at one of its Japanese factories in March to bring production of the Leaf electric car up to full speed. Nissan officials hope to produce a total 10,000 units by the end of March.




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