Nissan’s Leaf is to be sold in Europe, too, starting in January.

For vehicle websites go to

Since March, nearly 12,000 customers in Europe have signed up for regular updates on Nissan LEAF’s introduction, and in the US and Japan pre-orders have exceeded 23,000 units since online reservations began in April.

Such high demand has meant the Nissan LEAF will launch slightly later than planned in the Netherlands. Sales are now expected to start in June 2011, with pre-orders opening to customers in October this year. All other market launch dates remain unchanged.

Nissan LEAF features  air conditioning, satellite navigation and a parking camera. Also available is a smart phone connectivity which will allow an owner to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via a mobile phone.

The car’s AC motor develops 80 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of more than  (90 mph.  The electric motor uses  laminated lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90 kW.

A full charge delivers a potential range of 100 miles. Global research indicates that the average daily mileage for 80 percent of the world’s population is under 60 miles for a daily commute.