Well it’s happened, there is finally a new 2011 Nissan Leaf electric car roaming the streets of California. This past weekend in Petaluma, CA, 31 year old Olivier Chalouhi received the keys to his brand new Leaf and with it came a media opportunity that Nissan simply could not resist. Flanked by four other Leafs Mr. Chalouhi drove his new car to a press conference at San Francisco’s City Hall, which, believe it or not already has a public charging station (how convenient). Elected officials, Nissan representatives and even Mr. Chalouhi took the podium to speak about the wonders of the electric car. As of right now San Francisco has plans to install around 100 charging stations throughout the city as officials have claimed its residents are responsible for more orders than any other region thus far.
When asked why he purchased the Nissan Leaf over the new Chevrolet Volt plug-in, Olivier Chalouhi stated that the Volt “isn’t a pure electric vehicle” and “doesn’t truly help the environment.” Chalouhi also mentioned that the 240-Volt charging station that recharges the Leaf in about 7 hours, has already been installed at his home. That’s great news for him because using a regular 110-Volt outlet means you’ll be waiting up to 22 hrs. before you get moving again. After receiving California’s $5,000 Clean-Air rebate, plus a $7,500 Federal tax credit, Chalouhi estimates the cost of his new 2011 Nissan Leaf will run just over $20,000.