Nissan opens technical center to train Leaf service technicians

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Nissan North America Inc. spares no expense in its goal to have a smooth launch for the Leaf. In a company statement last week, it was revealed that a new technical training center in Livermore, Calif. has been opened to provide training for its dealership technicians in the Northwest. The Leaf, which is the first modern-day fully electric car from a major carmaker, will go on sale in the US in December.

This training center will be available to technicians located in northern California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

Since April, Nissan has gotten 14,000 reservations in the US for the Leaf. Nissan started to accept $99 refundable deposits from customers to reserve a vehicle.

Meanwhile, Nissan received 6,000 reservations in Japan. Due to a federal tax credit, the price of the Leaf goes down from $32,780 to about $25,000. California buyers get an additional incentive of $3,000 or so.

Nissan announced that its 23,000-square-foot California training center will give courses in heating and cooling systems, chassis integrity, diagnostics, emissions and other areas. According to Tim Gallagher, Nissan North America communications manager, the center couldn't have opened at a better time.

He said that the Northwest portion of the country is where many of the reservations are from, calling them hotbeds for EVs. This fall, another Nissan technical center will open in Ontario, Calif. Currently, there are nine technical centers serving Nissan and Infiniti in the US. Nissan failed to reveal the cost of building this training center.

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