Nissan announced its rollout schedule for its own electric car, the $32,780 Leaf. The vehicle will be available in December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Customers there, who make up more then 55% of the reservations so far for the Leaf, can start placing firm orders in August.
The car will show up in Texas and Hawaii in January. In April, customers in North Carolina; Florida; Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Virginia; Maryland; South Carolina; and Alabama can start buying. The rest of the nation will have to wait until fall 2011.
Meantime General Motors announced Friday that it planned to boost U.S. production of the Chevrolet Volt electric car by 50% and available in December and will cost $41,000 before tax.