Having just officially launched its Leaf electric car at the Tokyo Auto Show in Japan, Nissan has announced the potentially revolutionary new vehicle will start a U.S. tour. Set to begin on November 13th in Los Angeles, the Leaf will then travel to Northern California before crisscrossing the country. The Leaf will stop in 22 cities in 11 states, as well as the District of Columbia and one stop in Vancouver, Canada.
Nissan is hoping to use the tour to educate people on the Leaf and the benefits of zero-emissions driving.
The Leaf is powered by lithium-ion battery packs and is rated at 80kW/280Nm, (107-hp and 207 ft-lbs of torque), which should make this sub-compact a sporty little car.
Nissan says it will be able to drive 100 miles on a single charge. The batteries will be able to be charged up to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes with a special quick charger, or in roughly eight hours through a standard 200V outlet. Nissan says that through extensive research the 100 mile range will be suitable for 70 percent of car buyers.
Next year 5,000 vehicles will be available in five U.S. markets: the Phoenix-Tucson region of Arizona, Oregon, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee. Fleet sales will also be offered in 2010, while full retails sales are planned for 2012.
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For a full list of stops on the Nissan Leaf Zero Emission tour, follow the jump:
Nissan Announces Dates for Nissan Leaf Zero Emission Tour LEAF makes first U.S. appearance in Los Angeles Nov. 13 FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Nissan North America announced that the Nissan LEAF zero-emission, all-electric car will make its North American debut in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. The Los Angeles showing will be the first time people in the United States will be able to see the five-passenger, five-door, gasoline-free car, which is embarking on a nationwide tour.
The Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Tour will make stops in 22 cities, in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Vancouver, Canada, offering the opportunity for interested drivers, media, civic partners, businesses and university students to learn more about the Nissan LEAF and the benefits of zero-emission driving.
Follow the tour, get updates on the final schedule and specific showings, and sign up for more information, at www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car. Look for the Nissan LEAF to make public appearances in the following areas during these times:
Southern California Los Angeles: Nov. 13-17 Orange County: Nov. 18 San Diego: Nov. 19-21
Northern California Berkeley/Walnut Creek: Nov. 23-24 San Francisco: Nov. 25-29 Santa Rosa: Dec. 1 Sacramento: Dec. 1 San Jose: Dec. 3-6
Pacific Northwest Seattle: Dec. 8-12 Vancouver, Canada: Dec. 14-15 Portland, Ore.: Dec. 17-23
Southwest Phoenix/Tucson: Dec. 30-Jan. 5 Las Vegas: Jan. 6
Midwest/East Coast Detroit: Jan. 11-13 Knoxville/Chattanooga, Tenn.: Jan. 16 Middle Tennessee: Jan. 19-21 Washington, D.C.: Jan. 26-28 Raleigh, N.C.: Jan. 29 Orlando: Feb. 1-2
Texas Houston: Feb. 5-6
New York New York City: Feb. 9-14
Nissan is the only automaker committed to making all-electric vehicles available to the mass market on a global scale. Through the Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Tour, Nissan will be showcasing the electric vehicle and battery technology as well as the company’s zero-emission mobility objectives. Nissan already has partnered on the development of an electric-vehicle infrastructure through partnerships in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., Seattle, Raleigh, and Vancouver. Additional partnerships will be announced in the near future.
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling. More information on the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car.