First Leaf Falls in Texas
Accused of not being able to respect its commitments about delivery dates, Nissan responded earlier this week that the slow rate at which the Leaf reaches its customers is not a delivery issue, but a PR one. More specifically, the Leaf is not late, it's just that Nissan failed to let customers know how long it would take before they got it.
As if trying to fix that, the car maker announced today it had delivered the first EV to Texas, to a customer named Jimmy Sauers. It is the first model to reach the state in 2011, thus completing the entry in all initial roll-out markets.
"Electricity is the new fuel for cars, and the Nissan LEAF has the potential to transform the automotive industry and the way people drive," said Carlos Tavares, Nissan Americas chairman.
"Starting today, drivers in Houston have the freedom to choose a future that produces zero tailpipe emissions, moves away from our dependence on fossil fuels and represents the end of trips to the gas station. This Nissan LEAF delivery signifies the dawn of a movement that brings sustainable mobility to within our grasp."
From now on, believes Nissan, the road should be smooth. The car maker will sell the Leaf without restrictions starting next year, in most of its markets.
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How stupid the Japanese carmaker like Toyota and Nissan thing the US public is??
Fact is that NISSAN retaining99% of the already completed car tryng to think what to do,
as they know that under cold conditions, which the electrical heating on, the range vailable can be so low as 40mi when freezing. Of course, the states where they delivered these car are the warm ones, but even there they are cold early mornings and higher level regions.