Nissan has named five areas in the U.S. – Tennessee and Oregon; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; and the Phoenix/Tucson region in Arizona – to be the first to get the Leaf all-electric vehicle when the car goes on sale in late 2010. A report in the Globe and Mail says that Vancouver will be the first Canadian city where the Leaf will be available. Nissan apparently said that the EV will come to British Columbia in 2011.
The Vancouver area has a long history of advancign fuel cell technologies, thanks to local company Ballard. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told the paper that the Leaf agreement means the city is a little bit closer to its goal of "becoming the world's greenest city." Guess all of those plug-in-ready parking lots will see some use, after all. Thanks to Dan and Vince for the tips.