Nissan Motors on Wednesday said the 2012 Leaf electric vehicle will be the first electric-car to be available in all U.S. market nationwide.

Nissan says residents of 21 remaining states will be able to select and order a 2012 Nissan LEAF in this final phase of the roll out.

The Leaf launched in four states originally, with deliveries expanded to 29 states last fall. But for consumers who want a 100-percent electric car in, say Topeka, the pickings were slim until now.

“Nationwide availability of the Nissan LEAF means that now, anyone in the country can opt for a transportation solution that does not harm the environment, provides a pathway to energy independence, and doesn’t use a single drop of gas,” commented Brian Carolin, senior vice president of Nissan North America.

The 2012 model comes with a battery heater, heated outside mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and an HVAC duct to the rear seating area – and the addition of a quick-charge port as standard equipment (previously offered as a $700 option) on the uplevel SL model.

The MSRP of the base 2012 Leaf SV is set at $35,200 (plus an $820 destination charge) and the uplevel SL at $37,250.

Nissan sold 9,674 Leaf Electric vehicles last year.


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