Nissan announced today that the LEAF will be available to consumers starting December in in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee.
These areas will be the home markets of the EV project due to the partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Starting January 2011, the new car will be introduced to Texas and Hawaii, while in April 2011 customers from North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama, will also receive it.
Beginning in Fall 2011 with availability in all markets nationwide by the end of that year. Nissan also announced that the Nissan Leaf buyers will receive a warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles for the lithium-ion battery pack that powers the car (just like the Chevrolet Volt).
Nissan North America will commence sales of the new Nissan LEAF in Texas and Hawaii in January 2011 and in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama in April 2011. Nissan will start selling the EV in the remaining states in Fall 2011.
The new Nissan LEAF will be available in all markets across the US by the end of 2011. Moreover, Nissan North America has announced that the lithium-ion battery pack powering Nissan LEAF will have a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, thereby matching competitive conditions in the US. For those who reserved the Nissan LEAF on the Internet, they will be invited to order through their dealer before it is scheduled to roll out in the market.
This will give them more time to pick a dealer and assess home charging needs. The carmaker is still taking reservations for the Nissan LEAF on its Web site, www.NissanUSA.com. Nissan is urging interested buyers to place a reservation at the Web site. Those who have reserved would only need to pay a fully refundable $99 reservation fee to get on the list and place an order.
Brian Carolin, senior vice president for Sales and Marketing at Nissan North America, remarked that many have already placed reservations for the Nissan LEAF. He noted that consumer feedback and market readiness were key drivers in developing the phased rollout, which allows Nissan to target areas of customer demand for early launch, while working in future markets.