Page dedicated to Ariya 2023 intersection at the Nissan website in the US now read, “Reservation Closed.” You can add the battery-electric crossover to the ever-expanding list of oversubscribed and out-of-stock items. Nissan has started shipping to customers in the home market of Japanbut problems at Nissan’s Smart Factory, where the Ariya is built, hampered production ramp-up. Automotive News report COO Ashwani Gupta, the automaker, says demand in the US, Europe and Japan is huge. So, instead of making customers wait, or worse, not deliver in the five models requested, the company decided to close the door on Ariya now.
On a side note, and speaking of wait times, Nissan released the Leaf at the end of 2010, a month later Tesla Model WILL. Last year, 2009, The CEO at the time was Carlos Ghosn said He believes that electric vehicles could take 10% of the global market share in 10 years, which is about 6 million units at that time. He’s made a bit of a mark, but not nearly as far as people thought back in 2009. A report from the International Energy Agency earlier this year said electric vehicles will account for 8.75% of the global market share by 2021, about 6.6 million units. It’s a shame that it took Nissan 12 years to roll out its second EV for the revolution the company had anticipated and helped fuel.
Back to Ariya, ONE said Nissan would not provide production figures for the United States, but did not name it seller Sources say there are already “about 6,000” units available to dealers for pre-order. If true, that’s compared with the 6,800 pre-orders Nissan says it has taken in Japan, and shows how cautious Nissan is or how difficult things are on the production side, perhaps both two. Since Nissan opened for pre-order here in Novemberthat means it took about seven months to absorb the supply, a long time considering how many other OEM EV runs during the year have been caught up faster.
Deliveries of the four versions available at launch will begin here later this year. The limited lineup starts with the entry-level front-wheel drive Venture+ version that starts at $47,950, ramps up through the front-wheel drive Evolve+, then the Premier, topped off with the Platinum + e-4ORCE trim $60,125 with all-wheel drive.