- 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
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
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.
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.
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Director, Corporate Communications