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Cars Nissan Leaf Available Nationwide

Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

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And a Nissan Leaf for All (in the United States)

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March 1st, 2012 by  

 
While a variety of electric cars is on the market for U.S. consumers, pretty much all of them are only available in select locations (California, for one)—except for the award-winning Nissan Leaf. Starting today, Nissan is making the Leaf available to residents of 21 new states.

Nissan Leaf Available NationwideThe Nissan Leaf is now the one and only purely electric car ever to be available nationwide.

 
As of today, March 1st, anyone in the 21 new states with reservations for a Leaf will receive an email invitation to actually order the car. (That must be exciting!) Those of you without a current reservation have to wait another week, but, by the 8th, anyone anywhere in the United States will be able to get their hot little hands on a battery electric vehicle to be delivered by summer at the latest.

Nissan Does It Right

Nissan has been working hard to support the Leaf (hello, wireless chargers), and so far it’s delivering a pretty awesome and versatile product. It was, hands-down, the most comfortable EV I sat in during the Chicago Auto Show last month; there are some great charging options; it offers zero emissions while driving; and it just looks fantastic.

Nationwide availability (for the U.S. market) seems like it should be a great move for Nissan. Brian Carolin, senior VP for sales and marketing of Nissan North America, linked American nationwide availability to the Leaf’s global appeal in a statement today:

“More than 22,000 LEAFs are on the roads globally, having driven more than 30 million miles. There is no longer any doubt that a 100-percent electric, zero-emissions vehicle fulfills the needs and desires of drivers from around the globe. Nationwide availability of the Nissan LEAF means that now, anyone in the country can opt for a transportation solution that does not harm the environment, provides a pathway to energy independence, and doesn’t use a single drop of gas.”

Perhaps the availability of the Leaf will help break down the resistance many American drivers seem to have to electric vehicles—what do you think? Let us know in the comments, below.

Source: PR Newswire | Image: Nissan USA

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About the Author

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.



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  • Gadge

    I was the first to reserve and order a LEAF in Maine. I tend to be an early adopter of technology and I expect when gas reaches $6/gal I’ll be getting alot of questions about the car!

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      I’m sure you will! :D

  • BrianKeez

    The resistance is the direct result of effective negative spin. There is a constant attempt to associate electric vehicles with all things negative.

    People don’t want to buy gasoline. As time goes by, people will realize that they don’t have to anymore and buy EV’s.

    • Bob_Wallace

      I agree. I’m old enough to have lived through multiple significant technological changes.

      The first that I recall was from slide rules to calculators. The first calculators were very expensive and had limited functions. An experienced slide rule user could calculate faster. But calculators added more functions and prices fell. It’s been over 40 years since I saw someone use a slide rule.

      Then there was the transition from typewriters, “adding machines”, and ledger books to computers. Most people resisted at first, but as computers improved and prices dropped people rapidly switched. Seen a typewriter store lately?

      And film to digital. Around 2000 we got ‘not cheap’ two meg digital cameras. Some of us, mostly those who weren’t interested in printing large, switched but the real movement happened a few years later when megs rose and prices dropped. Kodak just announced that they will no longer manufacture slide/transparency film.

      I look at today’s EVs like those multi-hundred dollar calculators, personal computers that ran at 8megs and cost a couple thou, and the first 6 meg digital SLRs that cost thousands of dollars.

      It’s the opening round. A few people do the math and find that it’s cheaper for them to drive a limited range Leaf. A bit later we’ll have the option of an EV with a bit more range and for a few thousand less. My guess is that in a few years almost everyone will find an EV/PHEV that works for them and saves them money.

  • rkt9

    I feel the most resistance to the EV’s are the price. I can live with the limited range. It’s great they have already logged 30 million miles. Drill baby drill, whatcha gonna do with all that oil. Will be glad to see the oil giants slain, as cheap solar and EV’s continue to come to the market.

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