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author photo by Autotrader September 2010

Thinking of getting a Nissan Leaf? If you haven't put down a deposit, you might have to think again – at least for now. Nissan has already reached its initial target of 20,000 pre-orders for the Leaf, which means they won't be taking any more orders in 2010.

While that's bad news for anyone who had been teetering on the fence about buying a Leaf, it's good news for Nissan, who says the target was reached three months ahead of schedule. But if you were just about to pull the trigger on a Leaf, don't worry – Nissan says they'll begin accepting orders again sometime next year.

With a full list of reservations for the Leaf, the challenge now becomes getting the hatchbacks into the hands of its excited customers. Leaf sales begin in December in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. In January 2011, the Leaf hits Hawaii and Texas, going nationwide by the end of 2011.

Even if you're on the reservation list in one of the Leaf's "early" states, you still may have a wait on your hands. Nissan plans to contact Leaf customers as the cars become available, with earliest orders given first priority – although the automaker doesn't expect all customers to take delivery.

"Orders have been prioritized based on market timing and when consumers submitted their original reservations online and paid their refundable $99 reservation fee," said Nissan. The reservation list opened in April, with Nissan hoping to fill it before sales of the $33,000 all-electric car began in December.

If you aren't one of the lucky few on the list to get your hands on a Leaf, consider a test drive. Nissan kicks off its Drive Electric Tour on October 1, stopping in many major cities on its way to Nashville, where the tour ends in March. Nissan says the tour gives the public "the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology, its features and to actually take it for a test-drive."

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