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5,000 Nissan Leafs coming to the United States

An initial shipment by Nissan of 5,000 is hoping to plant the seeds of success for their new electric vehicle, Leaf.  This vehicle, originally discussed by Tom Lewis, is hoping to rapidly interest and sales rapidly grow from the starter program.  The shipments to the United States will coincide with the U.S. Department of Energy's $100 million grant to Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. (eTec), for deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the country.

Nissan Leaf, 5,000 USA EVS

Both of these initiatives will take place in 2010 and will focus on five locations: Seattle, Phoenix, Tennessee, Oregon, and San Diego.  Nissan is excited about the program for their new lithium iode battery charged 5 door hatchback.  This diverse terrain will give the new car, able to travel a 100 miles on a single full charge, a true test in multiple envrionments.

If you live in any of these cities keep your eyes out for this new push by Nissan into the green market.  Heck, even keep your eyes open for any new charging stations.  Please send in pictures to us here and we will share them with the community.