Canadian debut of LEAF

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Nissan’s electric option, the LEAF, made its Canadian debut in Vancouver yesterday.

The event was the latest stage of the Nissan LEAF Zero Emission tour that started in Los Angeles in mid-November. The tour will make stops in 22 cities throughout Canada and the U.S., offering interested drivers and anyone else a chance to learn more about their zero-emissions option.

Monday’s event brought out provincial representatives as well as officials from BC Hydro and the city.

“Many people have misconceptions about electric vehicles, but the LEAF is proof that electric mobility can be reliable, well-engineered, attractive and fun to drive,” said Mark Grimm, president of Nissan Canada Inc. “We’re pleased to share the Canadian debut of LEAF with our partners who are as committed as we are to making zero-emission mobility the best solution to make a real impact on our environment.”

In October, several organizations in B.C. signed a partnership with Nissan that ensured the province would be the initial Canadian launch point for the LEAF in 2011.
The LEAF seats five and can travel a distance of 160 km (EPA LA4 test cycle) on a single charge.

“We look forward to Nissan LEAF electric vehicles arriving in Vancouver as soon as possible, to help move us closer to our goal of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’re moving quickly on our electric vehicle plug-in requirements and will be ready when electric vehicles like the LEAF hit the streets of Vancouver.”