Nissan North America expands Leaf availability to 7 new states image

Nissan North America has announced it will sell the LEAF electric vehicle on 7 new U.S. markets.

A year after its launch, the Leaf is now available in the states of Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The Japanese carmaker also announced it has re-opened reservations and has started taking orders from private buyers for the electric vehicle. First deliveries on the new markets are expected in spring next year. The 2012 Nissan Leaf comes with additional standard features such as quick charging capabilities and cold-weather features.

Brian Carolin, Nissan North America vice president of sales and marketing, said the LEAF has proven in its first year on the market that a 100 percent electric, zero-emissions vehicle satisfies the daily needs of all kinds of drivers. The thousands of Leafs on American roads are a living proof for that.

“We are seeing already-strong interest in the Leaf continue to grow across the country and this market expansion brings us one step closer to true, nationwide availability,” Carolin said in a company statement. “We are seeing already-strong interest in the Leaf continue to grow across the country. This market expansion brings us one step closer to true, nationwide availability,” the executive added.

So far, Nissan has sold 20,000 units of the Leaf worldwide and made the car available in 30 states across the U.S. By March 2012, Nissan says 50-state ordering will be available.