While Chevrolet sold its first Volt at a charity auction recently, Nissan has just completed the sale of its first Leaf electric car. The Leaf went to Olivier Chalouhi, a San Francisco Bay area resident.
Interestingly, the Leaf replaces an electric bicycle Chalouhi was using to get to work.
Why San Francisco for the first sale?
"San Francisco is committed to make the Bay Area the top EV market in America, and the fact that San Francisco is the number one market in the nation for Nissan Leaf ownership reservations is proof we're on our way," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "We are proud that a Bay Area resident is the very first owner of a Leaf, anywhere in the world."
Other primary launch markets include Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Seattle, and Tennessee. Nissan is donating $25,000 to the World Wildlife Fund to mark the first Leaf sale. While a national EV-charging infrastructure is developed, Nissan is working with AeroVironment Inc. to provide home charging docks.
A second shipment of Leafs is scheduled to arrive on December 20 as Nissan prepares for a more widespread launch in 2011.