Nissan Canada made history last week when it delivered the first all-electric Nissan Leaf to a Canadian consumer at an event in Ottawa. The delivery is the first of many that will take place in the coming weeks across Canada.
Nissan Dealer Maryland said the lucky first owner of a Nissan Leaf is Ricardo Borba, an Ottawa resident and the first person to place an order for Nissan’s innovative electric vehicle. He purchased a Leaf as his family’s primary vehicle because its range is ideal for their day-to-day commutes.
“My family and I were starting to look for a new car last year when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred and prompted us to think about alternatives to gas-powered vehicles,” said Borba. “We considered several options and the Nissan LEAF was the one that best fits our needs. It’s all-electric and looks and drives just like a regular car with five seats, ample cargo space and loaded with high-tech features. It’s smooth, quiet and has incredible acceleration. In other words, it’s fun to drive!”
Nissan Dealer Tacoma pointed out that coinciding with the event is the Ottawa stop of Nissan’s Drive Electric Tour (DET). Hosted at the 27 EV-Certified dealers across Canada, the DET provides prospective Nissan LEAF owners and those curious about all-electric mobility with the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology and features, and take it for a test drive.
“This is a significant milestone in the movement that brings sustainable mobility within our grasp and at Nissan we’re excited to be leading the way by bringing the world’s first all-electric car to the mass market, which was also recognized as the 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. “Today we made history by handing over the keys to Mr. Borba, the first Canadian consumer to purchase a Nissan LEAF. This represents the freedom to choose a car that has no tailpipe, produces no emissions and will never have to visit a gas station.”