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Hawaii Selected as an Early Launch Site for the Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 6774 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In recognition of Hawai`i's strong commitment to clean energy and the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), Nissan North America, Inc. has selected Hawai`i to be one of its initial launch markets in the U.S. beginning in early 2011.

Hawai`i Selected as an Early Launch Site for the Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicle

The Nissan LEAF is an all-electric vehicle that will feature Hawai`i as one of its initial launch markets in 2011.

Nissan and the State of Hawai`i 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 Hawai`i consumers.

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

"Nissan is looking forward to bringing the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the people of Hawai`i," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America.  "Through its work in fostering zero-emissions mobility throughout the state, Hawai`i is demonstrating that it is EV-ready.  These efforts, along with strong consumer interest, led us to name Hawai`i as an early launch market for the Nissan LEAF."

Interest in the LEAF is so high that Nissan began accepting reservations this month. In the U.S., more than 8,200 people have reserved a Nissan LEAF. Reservations opened to a select group of people who pre-registered on NissanUSA.com before April 20, when early reservations opened.  Reservations, which are made through a $99 fully refundable reservation fee, will be open to the general public on May 15.

"In response to strong consumer demand and our commitment to electric vehicle networks, we are pleased that Hawai`i was selected as one of the first launch states," said Theodore Liu, Director, State Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.  "As part of the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative’s goal of moving towards 70 percent clean energy by 2030, we believe that the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles will give consumers more choices and reduce our state’s overdependence on fossil fuels."

At $3.50 per gallon, a car that gets 25 miles per gallon has a fuel cost of 14 cents per mile. 

At $0.23 per kilowatt-hour, the Nissan LEAF has a fuel cost of 5 cents per mile.

The Nissan LEAF is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack instead of an internal combustion engine.  There are no tailpipe emissions, and the cost of the electricity to charge them is cheaper than a tank of gasoline.  For more on the Nissan LEAF visit www.NissanUSA.com.

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