The Ariya is Nissan’s second EV, after the OG Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is still for sale, although rumors say a similar-sized SUV will replace it within the next few years.
About the Ariya
The Ariya is a compact crossover with an estimated range of 300 miles. The EPA has not yet released official reach figures. It has a price tag that starts at $45,950 before federal tax credits for EVs, and a distinctive two-tone look. Designers gave it a large curved greenhouse over a number of corners and a high false grille that makes it appear larger than it is.
The Ariya is (or was) available in front- or four-wheel drive (AWD). AWD models get two electric motors for a total of 389 horsepower. That’s a remarkable number for a small SUV from an affordable automaker.
Nissan has not said how many Ariyas it has reserved for the US, but an anonymous dealer told: Automotive News that Nissan allocated about 6,000 for US dealers to sell.
Everyone is selling out EVs
It’s not just Nissan. Dealers continue to sell EVs quickly. So far in 2022, Ford has sold its Mustang Mach-E SUVs before deliveries were complete and its F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck before they even started. The Volkswagen Group CEO says its VW, Audi and Porsche brands are all essentially sold out of EVs for the year.
EV giant Tesla is currently taking reservations with backlogs. The order page for its best-selling Model Y currently states that customers can wait 10 months for the car they buy today.
Nissan didn’t want to end up in that situation. Bill Wallace, CEO of Wallace Auto Group, which operates Nissan dealerships in Florida, said: car news, “Taking orders that are never fulfilled will only lead to unsatisfied customers. We don’t support too much.”