Nissan Leaf to Be Sold in Hawaii

As the official launch date for the world's first mass produced electric vehicle (and, at the same time, Nissan's biggest gamble in decades) approaches, the Japanese carmaker is doing its best to ease the car's entry onto the market.

To make it popular in as many regions as possible, Nissan announced the addition of Hawaii on the list of markets to receive the Leaf in 2011. The carmaker and the State of Hawaii are currently working on the framework for the development of a charging network in the region.

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

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

The Leaf is priced at $32,780 in the US, without taking into consideration the $7,500 federal tax credit. The Leaf will be available in the US in two trim levels.

The SV trim packs the car with navigation system and Internet/smart phone connectivity, LED headlights, Bluetooth, Intelligent-key with push button start, Sirius/XM satellite radio, dynamic control (stability control), traction control and six airbags.

The second trim, the SL, priced $940 more, comes with rearview monitor, solar panel spoiler, fog lights and automatic headlights.
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