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Nissan Announces Rollout Schedule for Leaf

Posted: 08/02/2010 - 2:10 PM ET

Last week, Nissan released details of its plans to rollout the Nissan Leaf, which will match the eight-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty that General Motors has offered on the Chevrolet Volt.

At the Plug-In 2010 Conference in San Jose, California, Carlos Tavares, executive vice president for Nissan in North America, announced that the initial markets for the Leaf will be in California, Washington state, Oregon, Arizona, and Tennessee.

Dealers in those states will get the cars in December. More than 55 percent of the online Leaf pre-orders originated in those states. Customers in those states will be able to place firm orders beginning in August.

Additionally, those five markets will also see the implementation of an infrastructure for car charging via a relationship with Ecotlity, a California-based firm as part of what Nissan calls its E.V. Project.

Ecotility, which is funded in part by a $100 million grant from the Energy Department, issued a statement saying their plan includes 12,500 charge points (220-volt) and 250 quick-charge systems for major metropolitan areas.

In January 2011, the Leaf will come to Texas and Hawaii, followed by North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama, and Washington, D.C. Remaining markets will be supplied in the fall of 2011.

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