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.