California Receives Its First Leaf

North Bay Nissan of Petaluma has delivered its first all-electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF today, marking the beginning of a new era in automotive history, and celebrated with a procession to San Francisco City Hall, followed by a press conference.

Nissan is the first global automaker to mass-produce and mass-market a feasible version of an electric vehicle, while an increasing number of manufacturers follow the path to a sustainable society. The ultimate goal is to provide a vehicle that’s economical, safe and has a low impact on the surrounding environment as people become more and more aware of the global warming issue.

The first buyer of a Nissan LEAF is 31-year old Chalouhi, an entrepreneur and founder and chief technology officer of Fanhattan. He currently lives in Redwood City, CA, with his wife Jana and their two kids. Before purchasing his black Nissan LEAF SL, Chalouhi commuted to work on an electric bicycle.

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, Chairman, Nissan Americas.

Starting today, drivers 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 is the first of thousands and signifies the dawn of a movement that brings sustainable mobility to within our grasp,” he added.

This is the first in a series of celebrations, as Nissan commences delivery of its all-electric LEAF throughout its primary launch markets in Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Seattle and Tennessee.

The second shipment of Nissan LEAF electric cars is scheduled to arrive on Dec. 20 and will probably reach the consumers’ driveways around the holidays. What better way to celebrate the arrival of your new car, than a family dinner?
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