Nissan’s LEAF finally reaches Chicago showrooms this fall

The Nissan LEAF has been seeing some good success, especially since it’s been the most successful electric car thus far. However, despite this success, the LEAF has been available in some select locations only. To add to the list however, the new Nissan LEAF will be hitting Chicago showrooms sometime this fall.

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“Governor Quinn, Mayor Emmanuel and other visionary Chicago-area leaders have paved the way for mass market adoption of electric cars in their community,” said Scott Becker, Nissan America’s senior vice president for administration and finance. “Chicagoland consumers want a transportation solution that uses no gas and produces no emissions, and the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to Illinois makes that a reality.”

To help increase infrastructure and support for electric-vehicles in the Windy City, the City of Chicago will be working with 350Green. Together, the two will erect 73 DC quick-charging stations and 207 Level 2 stations throughout public parking decks, grocery stores, tollway oases and many other locations throughout the city by the end of 2011.

”Nissan’s entry into the Chicago market is exactly what the city had in mind when we developed our EV infrastructure plan,” said Karen Weigert, Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “With the 40 Level 2 charging stations to date already installed, Chicago is well on its way to having the most robust EV infrastructure in the nation.”

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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start at $35,200.

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– By: Chris Chin

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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