Black Nissan LEAF Charging in San Francisco on December 11, 2010.
The San Francisco Bay Area is the number one market in the nation for Nissan LEAF ownership reservations. With a title like that, it’s no surprise that San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is confident that SF is committed to making the Bay Area the top EV market in America.
Several individuals looked-on as San Francisco Bay Area resident, Olivier Chalouhi received his black Nissan LEAF SL at North Bay Nissan of Petaluma on December 11, 2010. Chalouhi, a 31-year-old entrepreneur and founder of Fanhattan, commuted to work on an electric bicycle before purchasing his LEAF. Mayor Newsom couldn’t be happier that a San Francisco resident had the privilege of being the first individual in the world to get his LEAF.
“We are proud that Bay Area resident is the very first owner of a LEAF,” proclaimed Newsom. “We congratulate Olivier Chalouhi and the thousands of other Bay Area residents who soon will be driving electric cars, leading the way to climate friendly transportation.”
The San Francisco Bay Area events kicks off more than a week of festivities. Nissan will deliver the first Nissan LEAF vehicles to each of its primary launch markets in Seattle, Oregon, Arizona, Tennessee, and Southern California. To mark the occasion, Nissan has promised to donate $25,000 to the World Wildlife Fund.
The delivery of these Nissan LEAFs also marks a milestone for The EV Project. The EV Project is a research and charging infrastructure deployment program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of energy. The first Nissan LEAF owners in Arizona and San Diego are currently participants in The EV Project, the biggest EV infrastructure deployment project ever contracted.
While residents in certain areas have received letters informing them that they will have to wait a little longer to order their LEAF, initial Nissan LEAF deliveries will be followed by a second shipment of the electric vehicles scheduled to arrive on December 20, 2010.
If you didn’t have the chance to view the first Nissan LEAF press conference delivery, you can do so here