The Associated Press May 14, 2010, 5:18PM ET

Nissan takes US reservations for electric car

Starting Saturday, U.S. car buyers will be able to make reservations to purchase Nissan's new zero-emmission electric car, the LEAF.

Nissan North America Inc. said Friday it has already received more than 9,500 orders for a partial release scheduled in December. Last month, Nissan took reservations from customers who registered to receive information about the LEAF from the company's U.S. website.

The car will be available in wider release in Spring 2011, with the full release scheduled for 2012.

Nissan said it hopes to sell 50,000 of the gasoline-free cars within the first year.

The environment-friendly car will cost around $25,000 in the U.S., including federal tax credits.

With a refundable $99 deposit, buyers can make their reservations on Nissan's U.S. website, which puts them in line for the car as it becomes available in their respective markets.

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