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December 15, 2010

First Leaf Delivered, First Volts Shipped to U.S. Customers as EVs Advance

Photo of a sleek car in a showroom.

The Chevy Volt has been shipped to its first customers as the Nissan Leaf is also delivered to the first buyer.
Credit: GM Corp

Nissan made the world's first delivery of its new electric vehicle (EV), the Leaf, to a San Francisco Bay area resident on December 11. Olivier Chalouhi, the first person in the United States to place a Leaf order, received his car at a Petaluma dealership. Other primary launch markets for the new vehicle, designed to travel 100 miles on an average battery charge, include Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Seattle, and Tennessee. Nissan said it is aiming to roll out EVs to Hawaii and Texas next in early 2011. The Leaf is among the highest-profile cars in the expected wave of alternative vehicles, including hybrids and EVs.

General Motors' Chevy Volt hybrid is also expected to be in showrooms this month. GM said on December 13 that the first Volts left the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for initial retail launch markets. Customers in California, New York, Texas, and Washington D.C., could receive their vehicles in a matter of few days, part of 350 vehicles to be shipped this week. The Volt runs for the first 35 miles on a single battery charge, then can go another estimated 340 miles on gas.

Owners of new Leafs in several markets are participating in the EV Project, a research and charging infrastructure deployment project funded by DOE. Additionally, San Francisco already has begun preparing for more EVs. In November, the city joined Coulomb Technologies to begin installing the first new EV charging stations in San Francisco with contactless payments. The two EV charging stations are part of the ChargePoint America program, funded in part by a $15 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act administered by DOE. See the Leaf press release and official post, Volt press release, EV Project Web site, ChargePoint America Web site, and San Francisco mayor's press release.