2012 Nissan Leaf Ready To Branch Out To New Markets

After successfully launching the first mass-market all-electric vehicle in the U.S.—the Nissan Leaf—in select U.S. locations for the 2011 model year, the automaker has now begun rolling out the 2012 model to the rest of the country, starting in the Southeast.

Customers who had previously reserved Leaf’s in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., have already begun placing their orders, and they will be joined by Leaf reservers from Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York beginning this fall. Then, by the end of the year, the ordering process will expand to Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

And notably, the new 2012 model brings new standard content aimed at further enhancing the Leaf’s transformative electric-driving experience.

This includes a DC fast-charge port, which is now standard on the Leaf SL. One of the most popular options for 2011, the port allows drivers to recharge a fully depleted Leaf battery to 80 percent of capacity in under 30 minutes. The port will be a particularly useful feature for Leaf owners as DC fast-charge stations begin expanding across the country in the near-term future. In addition, since the Leaf soon will begin reaching more cold-weather markets, Nissan has introduced a standard cold-weather package that includes a battery warmer, heated steering wheel, and heated front and rear seats, on all trim levels.

“Many enthusiastic consumers have eagerly anticipated ordering a Nissan Leaf of their own, and now we can make zero-emissions mobility a reality in more markets,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America. “In response to direct feedback from Nissan Leaf owners, the features that customers want most will come standard on the 2012 Nissan Leaf—including quick charging and cold-weather features.”

The 2012 Nissan Leaf will have an MSRP that starts at $35,200 (and remain eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit), as well as a starting lease rate of $369 per month.