The zero-emission plug-in electric Nissan LEAF has started its 22-city North America to eleven U. S. states and one Canadian province. The five-passenger Nissan LEAF goes on sale late in 2010 as a 2011 model, and Nissan won’t even begin taking orders until spring 2010, so this multi-city preview is a great way to introduce the car — and all its advantages — to the public.
Biggest advantage? The LEAF gets the equivalent of 100 miles per gallon. Although Nissan hasn’t released the price, they are promising that this will be an affordable electric car.
Test drives will be available on the national tour, but you need to sign up at the special Nissan website. Since the LEAF is not yet in production, my always reliable source at Nissan tells me test drives will be on a prototype Nissan Versa retrofitted with the plug-in all-electric lithium ion batteries.
According to CNET, the Nissan LEAF will be manufactured in Japan for the first few years, after which production will be moved to the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Here’s where to see and drive the Nissan LEAF: