Several measures will be established by the local government of Hawaii to support the implementation of the Leaf electric vehicle. Last May, Nissan announced that the state was added to locations where the vehicle will be sold. Future owners will receive a $4,500 state tax credit upon purchase of the Leaf. An additional $500 will be given to those that buy a home charging station.
There’s still the $7,500 federal tax credit to take into account. This means that Hawaii is where the cheapest Leaf is being offered, at a reduced price of $20,780. More incentives are expected to be added. Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, said that Nissan is a “global leader in electric vehicles.”
He also commended Hawaii’s leadership as proven by its progressive policies and focus on clean energy. The Leaf, which will be offered in Hawaii in January, runs 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge with five people on it.
Nissan's Leaf is powered by the 90 kW generated by the lithium-ion batteries and the extra 80 kW delivered by the electric motor. The Leaf’s maximum speed is 90 mph (144 km/h).
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle commended Nissan for bringing the Nissan LEAF in the state in pursuit of a healthier environment. The car maker's commitment to providing energy-efficient transportation system is an integral part of helping Hawaii to attain its goals of cutting down its "dependence on imported oil.”
The collaborative efforts signify Hawaii's commitment in relying on sustainable energy resources. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye said that the key to modifying today's energy consumption patterns is for citizens to be provided with better alternatives.
Accordingly, the state consumes over 90 percent of energy powered by imported oil. Inouye believes that Hawaii is responsible for acting towards a cleaner and more energy-efficient future by making use of and maximizing its unique energy resources.
Over 18,600 Nissan LEAF units have already been reserved nationwide. Further reservations are being accepted at the company's official website, www.nissanusa.com. For those who are interested, there is a fully refundable reservation fee of $99 to secure a slot in placing an order for the in-demand electronic vehicle (EV).
Those who have reserved a slot online will then be invited to place their Nissan LEAF orders through their respective dealers prior to market roll-out. This gives clients ample time to choose among dealers.