World's First Nissan LEAF Delivery December 11; PluginCars.com Will Be There In Force
Over the last 100 years, the electric car has come and gone several times—rising and falling on the tides of cheap oil and environmental awareness. But this weekend marks the start of what will likely be the last of the first comings of battery electric vehicles: the absolute first ever mass-produced, solely battery-powered, globally distributed, affordable electric car will be delivered to a customer.
On Saturday, December 11, 2010, the world's first delivery will be a shiny new black Nissan LEAF going to an individual living in Redwood City, California. The person is a member of the MyNissanLEAF Forum calling themselves "Gudy" (a male, apparently, contrary to what you might have thought) and has spilled some of the beans over there, but doesn't want to steal too much of the thunder from Nissan.
PluginCars.com is invited to be at this momentous occasion; both the site's founder, Brad Berman, and I will be there covering the event and getting the skinny on what it means to be carved into the rock of history. At this point I feel rather certain that 50 years from now we'll be able to look back at this time and wonder why we all thought it was so hard to adopt electric cars.
Some of the more interesting tidbits from Gudy's forum posts: he hasn't installed an AeroVironment charge station, saying they're too expensive. In fact, he chose not to install a Level 2 charge station at all because he won't be driving more than 20 miles a day so charging off a standard three-prong wall outlet will be good enough. Also he's currently renting so he was concerned about what would happen when he moves, writing, "I would have gone for Leviton (to "easily" move the device when I move), but it won't be out until Q1 2011."
Sure, you might be thinking about the fact that Nissan already delivered the "first" LEAF to Lance Armstrong back in September. But that was a pre-production vehicle essentially hand-built for Armstrong so that he could carry the LEAF torch and help launch the vehicle. It wasn't a true customer delivery from the first batch of LEAFs off the line in Japan.
Indeed this weekend is when all the talk starts to end and the product begins to get evaluated by normal consumers. Groundbreaking if you ask me.
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