Franklin, Tennessee – Nissan has begun the sales process for the all-electric 2010 Leaf in the U.S., following a three-month tour with 63 stops in 24 cities to give interested drivers an opportunity to learn more about the vehicle.

The Leaf will be available to consumers via lease or sale, in a single transaction that includes the battery. First priority for reservations will go to those who registered online at Nissan’s Web site; the company said close to 50,000 people have already registered.

The reservation process will begin in April, shortly after the vehicle’s price is announced. Upon paying a fully-refundable $100 reservation fee, registrants will be among the first in line able to order a Leaf. Nissan will begin taking firm orders in August, for deliveries when sales begin in each driver’s particular market. Roll-out will begin in select markets in December 2010, with vehicles available in all major launch markets quickly thereafter.

“The Nissan Leaf purchased process is effortless, transparent and accessible, offering value with a one-stop-shop approach for everything related to the car, including the assessment, permitting and installation of in-home battery charging units,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas. “We want everyone to feel good about having a car that is affordable, fun to drive and good for the environment.”

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