Nissan announced that its Leaf electric vehicle should become available to North American buyers by next spring. Due to such high interest and demand for fuel-efficiency vehicles, Nissan expects to have 20,000 Leaf units pre-sold prior to its launch.
Nissan’s confidence in their all-new EV is not without reason. The Nissan Leaf will be the first major electric vehicle for sale to the masses, and according to St Louis Used Nissan it will even be large enough to accommodate five passengers. But the biggest challenge will be ensuring that there will be plenty of recharging stations. Currently, Nissan is working with utility companies to ensure a recharging network is in place for the vehicle’s launch.
Not only has Nissan partnered with utilities companies and municipal governments surrounding Nashville, Tennessee, where the company is headquartered, but the leading Boston auto body shop explains that Nissan also has similar partnerships in cities such as Seattle, Phoenix, and San Diego. Nissan Service Hazelwood say Nissan is also encouraging employers to buy Leaf fleet vehicles and their own recharging systems to get more zero-emission cars on the road for daily commutes.
Nearly $2 billion has already been invested in the Smyrna, Tennessee based facility that will produce the Nissan Leaf. The first batch of Nissan Leaf EVs will be imported from Japan, with vehicles from the Smyrna facility to follow by 2012.
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