San Francisco is Committed to Making Bay Area Top EV Market in America


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.
Source: PRNewsWire
Photo Credit: Nissan LEAF’s official Twitpic account

13 Responses

  1. stuart22 says:

    Where’d Statik go?


  2. FLASH says:

    DARN good question–I’ve been wondering that as well. We flew to CO on the 1st, got home on the 7th, and…..NO STATIK???!!! Thought the trip put is in a paradox of sorts…;^)


  3. xRB says:

    Asking who will win the electric car race is like asking who will win a basketball tournament where only one team is allowed to enter. It’s fairly easy to guess the outcome :)

    The post also noted that 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. Somehow SF did allow us all to contribute our tax funds to their benefit, so it seems that exclusiveness only works in one direction.

    The above can be read as more harsh than intended —- the powerful CA congressional delegation works hard to get favors for their state. Realistically. that’s how the system works. If we in NC had the same chance, we’d surely take it too.

    /maybe statikl hopped on a llama and rode off somewhere :)


  4. FLASH says:

    Maybe Statik is on a well-deserved vaca???!!!



  5. FLASH says:

    I believe the clock on this site is out of whack, BTW


  6. xRB says:

    Maybe Statik is on a well-deserved vaca???!!!//crickets…chirp…CHIRP  

    Once those Canadians see Orlando they say “hello mouse” and never come back :)


  7. Greg Simpson says:

    I’ve always thought the number one market for EVs should be Hawaii. Except for the island of Hawaii you’d be hard pressed to exceed the Leaf’s range.

    It feels odd that none of the posters here now even mention Statik. Did he get himself forced out?


  8. 21mi._day says:

    Where’d Statik go?

    DARN good question–I’ve been wondering that as well.

    Me too.


  9. xRB says:

    Did he get himself forced out? 

    Not so far as I know. But for whatever reason, he’s not around any more. There is clearly new management who, perhaps, will eventually explain themselves.


  10. Future LEAF Owner says:

    Yea. . .Where is Jay? And who is this new writer?


  11. Future Leaf Driver says:

    Wrong gravatar buddy! Plus you forgot the “catch-phrase”, duh!?!?

    This is the REAL Future LEAF Driver!!

    BTW, Statik is out hunting Lamas!



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