The Leaf EV is currently on sale in many countries around the world, but yesterday Nissan made its first Leaf delivery in Canada. PowerStream, the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, received keys to its two white Nissan Leafs, signaling the arrival of sustainable mobility to the Canadian mass market.
“As leaders in our respective industries who share a common commitment to protecting the environment, it’s fitting that PowerStream and Nissan are joining forces here today to officially introduce this new and exciting vehicle into the Canadian marketplace,” said Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream’s Board Chair and Mayor of the Town of Markham. “The Nissan Leaf is a testament to the new frontier beginning to unfold in automotive transportation. We commend Nissan for its foresight and look forward to using our new Leafs as a means of testing the impact of electric vehicles on our distribution grid.”
Nissan expects to sell approximately 600 2012 Leaf EVs in Canada through next year. About 100 2011 Leaf models will also be allocated to customers before the arrival of 2012 models.
Nissan is rolling the Leaf out in select markets in Canada to help foster the development of electric vehicle-friendly policies and an EV-charging infrastructure. Nissan has also forged partnerships with the following provincial governments and utilities to advance EV adoption:
- The Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro
- The Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, Québec City and Quebec Hydro
- The City of Toronto
- The Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro
“Electricity is the new fuel for cars and drivers have the freedom to choose a future with no tailpipe emissions or dependence on fossil fuels,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. “This Nissan Leaf delivery is just the beginning of the sustainable mobility movement in Canada.”