Nissan Takes 'Drive Electric' Experience to 26 U.S. Cities as Nissan LEAF Sales Surpass 4,000-Unit Milestone

Jul 08, 2011, 11:31 ET from Nissan North America Inc.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America Inc. is bringing test drives of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to 26 cities across the United States, as part of Nissan's "Drive Electric Tour." The second phase tour kicks off today in Long Island, N.Y., on the heels of the Nissan LEAF achieving the milestone of 4,000 U.S. deliveries.

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Nissan is resuming the tour, which began last fall, with a combination of new cities and return stops, due to the growing, nationwide enthusiasm for the Nissan LEAF – the first and only 100-percent electric, zero-emission vehicle available to the mass market. Since its launch in December 2010, Nissan has delivered more than 4,000 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles in the United States. The Nissan LEAF currently is available in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas, Oregon and Washington, with additional markets launching later this year. To date, more than 350,000 people have expressed interest in the Nissan LEAF by signing up for updates, including information on how to purchase and reserve a vehicle, at

"As the Nissan LEAF gains momentum in its U.S. rollout, more consumers have expressed the desire to get behind the wheel and experience gas-free driving for themselves," said Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, NNA. "We're thrilled to bring the 'Drive Electric Tour' to new cities across the country, as well as revisit several key markets where consumer interest continues to grow."

The Drive Electric Tour, a one-of-a-kind consumer driving experience, began in October 2010 and by March 27 had provided approximately 50,000 Nissan LEAF test drives in key markets across the country. The tour provides prospective Nissan LEAF owners the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology and features, and take it for a test drive. Current Nissan LEAF owners also are invited to participate and share their ownership experiences with others interested in electric-vehicle technology.

Interested drivers can learn more about the tour, including specific locations, and register to drive the Nissan LEAF at Tour stops include:

July 8-10: Long Island, N.Y.

Oct. 7-9: Los Angeles

July 15-17: Jersey City, N.J.

Oct. 14-16: Houston

July 22-24: Hartford, Conn.

Oct. 21-23: Dallas

July 29-31: Boston

Oct. 28-30: Phoenix

Aug. 5-7: Washington, D.C.

Nov. 4-6: Las Vegas

Aug. 12-14: Philadelphia

Nov. 11-13: San Diego

Aug. 19-21: Detroit

Nov. 18-27: San Francisco

Aug. 26-28: Chicago

Dec. 2-4: Portland, Ore.

Sept. 2-4: Indianapolis

Dec. 9-11: Seattle

Sept. 9-11: Memphis, Tenn.

Jan. 6-8, 2012: Austin, Texas

Sept. 16-18: Columbus, Ohio

Jan. 13-15, 2012: Atlanta

Sept. 23-25: Denver

Jan. 20-22, 2012, Orlando, Fla.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Santa Monica, Calif.

Jan. 27-20, 2012: Miami

About Nissan Americas

In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing.  Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America can be found at

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 award. For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at

SOURCE Nissan North America Inc.