Nissan Cannot Keep Pace With Leaf Demand –

It seems that Nissan is having some serious problems keeping with the increasing demand for the Leaf. The Japanese automaker was forced to stop taking orders for its EV model so that they could concentrate on rolling out the existing ones. However, the company’s projected production figures show that Nissan will be able to assemble only 10,000 Leafs until March 31st. We say “only” because at the moment they have received about 27,000 orders from Japan, United States and Europe.

Most likely, the remaining 17,000 units will be delivered in the next fiscal year that starts on April 1st, during which the automaker will reach its maximum production capacity of 50,000 units at its factory located in Oppama, Japan.

Thanks to this increase in production, Nissan might take 33,000 new orders in the upcoming fiscal year, but nothing is certain at the moment. Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer, said that the automaker wants to “deliver enough volume to the first lot” before taking new orders.

One of the viable solutions to this problem would be to open the new assembly lines sooner than programmed, but he ruled out this possibility due to the reason that work has just started on the factory that would provide the additional necessary lithium-ion battery packs.

The shortage could last longer than expected because the company’s factory in the United Kingdom will start making the Leaf next year, while the Tennessee plant will start producing the EV in 2013.

Source: Autonews via Carscoop

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