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Published on January 26th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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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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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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