Southern California Gets Its First Nissan LEAF

Nissan turns every LEAF delivery into a grand event moment, bringing the customer that was "smart" enough (we're not saying it ironically, this is what the Japanese carmaker thinks about LEAF buyers) to purchase the company's all-electric vehicle on the front page of newspapers.

Today, it's Thomas Franklin, a patent attorney with a specialization in clean energy, who received his new blue Nissan LEAF SL at Mossy Nissan Kearny Mesa in Southern California. Although this isn't really important information, Franklin is a 43-year individual old and lives in the Village of La Jolla, is married and has three children.

Curiously, Nissan Americas chairman Carlos Tavares issued the same statement as in the case of the first LEAF delivered to a customer, emphasizing that the company's all-electric model brings a new perspective over the automotive industry.

Electricity is the new fuel for cars, and the Nissan LEAF has the potential to transform the automotive industry and the way people drive,” he said. “Starting today, Southern California 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 signifies the dawn of a movement that brings sustainable mobility to within our grasp.”

A new LEAF shipment is scheduled for December 20, Nissan said in statement, as the company intends to launch the car slowly in most markets across the States. Nissan estimates the car will be available in the entire country in 2012, with Hawaii and Texas the first locations to receive the car in early 2011.
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