Published on March 1st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen7
And a Nissan Leaf for All (in the United States)
March 1st, 2012 by Charis Michelsen
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.
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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