Driven by a combination of high consumer demand and extensive support for building an EV-friendly infrastructure, Nissan recently announced it would pull ahead the Chicago-area launch of its all-electric LEAF and introduce the vehicle in the Windy City this fall.
“Governor [Pat] Quinn, Mayor [Rahm] Emmanuel and other visionary Chicago-area leaders have paved the way for mass-market adoption of electric cars in their community,” said Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration and Finance, Nissan Americas. “Chicagoland consumers want a transportation solution that uses no gas and produces no emissions, and the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to Illinois makes that a reality.”
It’s the culmination of efforts that kicked off in earnest earlier this year, when work began on creating a cutting-edge EV infrastructure for the area, backed a $1 million Clean Cities Grant and a matching $1 million investment from the state of Illinois. The goal is to create a robust network of some 280 charging outlets in the Chicagoland area, including 73 quick-charge stations and 207 Level 2 stations, by the end of the year. In addition, the State of Illinois offers up to $4,000 in rebates for the purchase of EVs, and that’s on top of the federal government’s $7,500 tax credit.
“Illinois is laying the groundwork for electric vehicles, and our efforts are paying off,” Gov. Quinn said. “By investing in electric vehicle technology, both the State of Illinois and Nissan are making transportation in our state more efficient, sustainable and affordable.”
”Nissan’s entry into the Chicago market is exactly what the city had in mind when we developed our EV infrastructure plan,” added Karen Weigert, Chicago’s chief sustainability officer. “With the 40 Level 2 charging stations to date already installed, Chicago is well on its way to having the most robust EV infrastructure in the nation.”
For information about when the all-electric LEAF is coming to your area, contact your local Nissan dealer.