Nissan has put a pause on all orders of the popular new Nissan LEAF electric car as production catches up. So far, projected production of the LEAF is said to top out at 10,000 by March 31, even though around 27,000 orders from Japan, US and Europe have been made.
Nissan plans to build the remaining 17,000 units during the next financial year, starting April 1. Once it finishes assembling these, it is expected to commence taking more orders. Nissan Chief Operating Officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, says it will “deliver enough volume for the first lot” before any new orders can be made.
The Nissan LEAF is built in Japan’s Oppama plant, a plant that currently has a yearly production capacity of 50,000 units. So, in theory, the company will be able to take a further 33,000 orders next financial year, once the remaining 17,000 orders have been fulfilled.
New factories which will assemble and manufacturer Nissan LEAF vehicles and its components are expected to alleviate production demands in the future, but these factories – one in the UK and one in Tennessee, US – aren’t scheduled to open until 2012 and 2013.
One of the main reasons for the delay is said to be shipping times and capabilities of not just vehicles, but battery components as well. Mr Shiga said in a recent report,
“I know that some US customers are frustrated, but delivery is a little bit delayed because of shipping timing and deliveries to Japan.”