According to a company spokesman quoted in a Reuters story, Nissan has stopped processing new bookings for its light electric cars (EVs) due to lengthy delivery times of a year or more. It is unknown when the Japanese carmaker would start taking orders again despite posting a notice about the halt on its website.
In Nissan’s home market, hybrid vehicles continue to be much more popular than EVs, but the company intends to entice more Japanese drivers to battery-powered cars by providing inexpensive mini models like the Sakura.
Nissan said in July 2022 that it has received orders for 23,000 units of the Sakura, its first light EV jointly developed with alliance partner Mitsubishi Motors, topping the number of battery-driven EVs sold by all firms in Japan in 2018.
For the same reason, Nissan also halted accepting new orders for the X-Trail crossover sports utility vehicle. The representative stated that the restriction only applies to the domestic market.
“We are unable to provide customers with a delivery date response.”
Strong orders and the global shortage of semiconductor chips, which had raised doubts about the production schedule for the upcoming fiscal year, have resulted in delivery times that have increased by a year or more, the spokesperson added. Nissan also halted processing new orders for the Leaf EV, which is presently offered on the domestic market, in late September.
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