Nissan has rolled out its Leaf electric vehicle in Japan with the first delivery expected to be made by the end of the year.

The company is expecting to achieve its target of 6,000 orders for fiscal 2010 ending 31 March. It has also started receiving orders for sales from April.

However increased sales will depend on increasing the charging infrastructure in Japan. Nissan has installed 200 volt normal chargers at about 2,200 dealers nationwide, with 200 equipped with quick chargers that can replenish the battery to around 80% of full capacity in about 30 minutes.

Mitsubishi Motors, which has released the i-MiEV EV, also plans to install quick chargers at its 70 dealers by the end of March.

Nissan is considering enabling drivers of the Leaf and i-MiEV to use quick chargers installed by both automakers.

Nissan has also launched a service for Leaf buyers offering information about charging facilities and showing direct routes on a navigation system installed in the EV.