Newsflash: Press Releases on the Internet (and in newspapers) can be wrong. San Diego and other DoE approved markets (are you listening LA?) will not receive their LEAFs faster than anyone else in the early delivery markets (California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee)
We here at Nissan-LEAF.net had dutifully passed along that bit of mis-information about people in San Diego receiving their LEAFs earlier than the rest of California here (albeit with a touch more sarcasm than most); and it probably would have just remained hanging out there…that is until a NLN reader (Stan Stein) asked if San Diego would be sharing its ‘first 1,000 LEAFs‘ with Los Angeles, now they(LA) had been added to the DoE free home charger initiative.
I told Stan I would look into it…then immediately went camping far north in the Canadian wilderness (it rained), then travelled to Detroit to catch a ball game (the Tigers lost), before landing back home and finally deciding to get off my lazy ‘patoot’ to do some research for him.
It turns out that the DoE program, while being a subset of Nissan’s first year volume, has about as much to do with the priority of receiving your new LEAFs as I do….which is nothing.
Mark Perry, who is a executive at Nissan, had this to say to Nissan-LEAF.net readers, “The DOE project involves 5 states and 5,700 LEAF owners. Puget Sound (Seattle), Oregon, CA (LA and SD) Arizona (Phoenix Tuscon) Tennessee (Nashville Chattanooga Knoxville).”
The “DOE (is) seeking a representative sample of owners to study charging behavior. there
are sample criteria ( buckets) to fill. So it won’t be the ” first come first serve” to participate in the study. “
“Nissan (is) operating under first (the) to reserve first to order first delivered. So your reservation and order date will drive delivery date. Your reservation and order date is priority.”
Mark further adds that “…5,700 of those meeting the above location and sampling
criteria (of the 25,000 reservations Nissan plans to take) will become part of the DOE study…(provided) you meet the research criteria and agree to have data logger in your car to capture charging behavior.”
Sidenote: I now harbor no ill will to people living in San Diego, and will once again plan to visit Balboa Park when I am in the area next year