The introduction of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf has certainly created a buzz in the marketplace. Edmunds reports that Nissan has delivered more than 8,700 Leafs in the U.S. since it introduced the car nearly one year ago.

Now, Nissan plans to expand the Leaf’s availability. Nissan says in a press release that it has “re-opened reservations and has begun taking orders from the general public for the 2012 Nissan LEAF in Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.”

The expansion makes the Leaf available for sale in a total of 30 states, including Washington, D.C., and Nissan says that nationwide, 50-state ordering will be available by March 2012. Electric car shoppers who order the Leaf in its current markets can expect delivery starting in spring 2012. The base 2012 Leaf SV starts at $35,200 and the SL trim starts at $37,250, both before a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

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