Nissan Leaf to get early launch in Hawaii

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Nissan has added Hawaii on the list of regions that will receive the Leaf in 2011. The world's first mass produced electric vehicle will soon be officially launched and Nissan aims to drum interest for the product in as many regions as possible. Nissan and the State of Hawaii are collaborating on the framework to be used to develop a charging network in the area.

Governor Linda Lingle said that the state appreciates Nissan's acknowledgement of Hawaii as a "global model for electric vehicles and a leader in clean energy."

She said further that the introduction of the electric vehicle will build on Hawaii's progress to end the state's over-reliance on imported fossil fuels as well as to increase its energy security.

Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, said that Nissan is "looking forward" to offering the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the Hawaiian market.

Hawaii was reportedly recognized as a launch market for the Nissan LEAF due to her work in fostering zero-emissions mobility throughout the state.

He also cited Hawaii's demonstration that it is EV-ready. The Leaf's price of $32,780 in the US, is exclusive of the $7,500 federal tax credit. The Leaf will be offered in the US in two trim levels.

Press Release

Hawaii Is Early Launch State For Nissan Evs

Due to Hawaii’s strong commitment to clean energy and a recognized leader in the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), Nissan North America, Inc. has selected Hawaii to be one of its initial launch markets in the U.S. beginning in early 2011.

Nissan and the State of Hawaii are working towards a partnership to promote the development of an electric vehicle network. As part of the collaboration, Nissan has committed to make the highly anticipated all-electric Nissan LEAF available to Hawaii consumers.

"We appreciate Nissan’s recognition of Hawaii as a global model for electric vehicles and a leader in clean energy," said Governor Linda Lingle. "The introduction of the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will build on Hawaii’s progress to end our state’s over-reliance on imported fossil fuels and increase our energy security."

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