Nissan Canada Delivers Canada's First 100% Electric Nissan Leaf

-  Zero Emission Mobility Within Reach for Canadians  -

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 28, 2011 /CNW/ - Today Nissan Canada made history when it delivered the first all-electric Nissan LEAF in Canada, signaling the arrival of sustainable mobility to the Canadian mass market. PowerStream, the second largest municipally-owned electricity distribution company in Ontario, received keys to its two white Nissan LEAFs MY11, at an event at its head office in Vaughan, Ontario. In addition to Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the Town of Markham, and Monte Kwinter, MPP (York-Centre) were also in attendance.

"Electricity is the new fuel for cars and drivers have the freedom to choose a future with no tailpipe emissions or dependence on fossil fuels," said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. "This Nissan LEAF delivery is just the beginning of the sustainable mobility movement in Canada."

"As leaders in our respective industries who share a common commitment to protecting the environment, it's fitting that PowerStream and Nissan are joining forces here today to officially introduce this new and exciting vehicle into the Canadian marketplace," said Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream's Board Chair and Mayor of the Town of Markham.  "The Nissan LEAF is a testament to the new frontier beginning to unfold in automotive transportation. We commend Nissan for its foresight and look forward to using our new LEAFs as a means of testing the impact of electric vehicles on our distribution grid."

Through Model Year 12, Nissan expects to release around 600 Nissan Leaf on the Canadian market.  In addition to these MY 12 models, Nissan Canada has secured 100 MY11 Nissan LEAFs with 40 allocated to consumers, ahead of the arrival of MY12 cars which will start to arrive later this year.

To be eligible to reserve a Nissan LEAF, consumers must be registered on www.nissan.ca/leaf and live within the vicinity of a Nissan LEAF certified dealer. Those meeting these criteria will receive an email in the coming weeks with all the details on how and when to order a Nissan LEAF.

Reservations will be very limited for MY 11 and made on a first-come-first-served basis. A second wave of reservations will be available in the coming months for the 2012 Nissan LEAF and as production ramps up and more cars become available, reservations will open to the broader public.

The first Canadian markets to receive the Nissan LEAF are those in which Nissan has formed partnerships with local or provincial governments along with utilities, to foster the development of electric vehicle-friendly policies and an EV-charging infrastructure, which will help ensure the best possible ownership experience.  To date, Nissan has partnerships in Canada with:

  • The Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and BC Hydro
  • The Government of Québec, the City of Montréal, Québec City and Quebec Hydro
  • The City of Toronto
  • The Government of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro

About the Nissan LEAF

One of the industry's most-discussed vehicles for good reason, Nissan LEAF™ is the first all-electric production vehicle in the world and was recently names the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback with ample cargo space and seating for five adults comfortably. With a range of 160 kilometres (EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge, Nissan LEAF provides 90% of Canadians with the range needed for daily commutes. With a 240 volt home charging dock full charge is achieved in seven hours, and with a Level 3 Quick Charger, 80% charge can be achieved in just 26 minutes.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF generates 107 horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. Because there's no traditional engine, Nissan LEAF is ultra-quiet and for safety reasons a sound had to be added so pedestrians could hear the car coming. In April, Nissan LEAF was awarded a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The instrument panel provides the driver with regular updates on range and driving efficiency, and using a telematics system called CARWINGS, the driver can communicate with the car via a smart phone with the ability to turn on the air conditioning or heat remotely, and manage and monitor charging.

More information, high-res images and b-roll are available at www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.

About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 171 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and www.infiniti.ca.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

Image with caption: "Today, Monte Kwinter, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development & Trade, Brian Bentz, President & CEO, PowerStream, Frank Scarpitti, Board Chair, PowerStream and Mayor, Town of Markham and Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada were on hand to witness Nissan Canada make its first Canadian delivery of the all-electric Nissan LEAF at PowerStream in Vaughan, ON. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110728_C7909_PHOTO_EN_1738.jpg

Image with caption: "Today, Monte Kwinter, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development & Trade, Frank Scarpitti, Board Chair, PowerStream and Mayor, Town of Markham, Allen Childs, President, Nissan Canada and Brian Bentz, President & CEO, PowerStream were on hand to witness Nissan Canada make its first Canadian delivery of the all-electric Nissan LEAF at PowerStream in Vaughan, ON. (CNW Group/Nissan Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110728_C7909_PHOTO_EN_1740.jpg

SOURCE Nissan Canada Inc.

For further information:

Nissan Media Contacts: 
Didier Marsaud 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Nissan Canada
Tel: (905) 629-6400
Cell: (416) 573 7231
Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com

Kate Longmoore
Cohn & Wolfe
Tel: (647) 259-3287
Email: kate.longmoore@cohnwolfe.ca

PowerStream Media Contact:
Eric Fagen
Director, Corporate Communications
PowerStream
Tel: 905-532-4522
Cell: 647-297-1273
Email: eric.fagen@powerstream.ca


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