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Cars Japanese Priest Discusses His Love For His Leaf & His Transition To Solar Power (VIDEO)

Published on January 26th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Japanese Priest Discusses His Love For His Leaf & His Transition To Solar Power (VIDEO)

January 26th, 2014 by  

Nissan has now sold over 100,000 Leafs. One of the first Leaf owners, Anyo-in Temple’s Chief Priest Wasei Hirai, recently sat down with Nissan in order to discuss his experience with the Leaf and other matters. Check that out in the video below.

As Nissan notes, “Hirai, who has driven his LEAF 12,000 kilometers, says the car fits perfectly with his ancient temple’s philosophy of innovation and its messages about the environment and way of life.” As with any normal person, Hirai loves how smoothly and quietly the Leaf drives, loves its quick acceleration, and loves the car’s quality steering. As he notes at the end, he sees electric vehicles as being the future of the automobile. “The day will come that whenever people think of a car, it will be an electric car,” he says. Check out his full commentary here:

It’s nice to see that Hirai is now keen on powering his car, and his home, with solar panels. It looks like an EV was the gateway cleantech drug in this case.

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  • JamesWimberley

    If you remember Econ 101, EVs and solar panels fit perfectly the definition of complementary goods: higher demand for one raises demand for the other. Both are complementary in a slightly different sense to political support for a range of public policies, on urban recharging facilities for EVs and net metering for solar panels.

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