Like Chevrolet's limited roll out plans for the Volt, Nissan will be making the Leaf electric car available on a gradual basis in the markets where it thinks it will best fit. On of the first U.S. launch markets for the Leaf will be Hawaii, which is particularly well suited to EV use. After all, how long a road trip can you take on an archipelago in the middle of the Pacific? Even if you do get stranded, how bad can it be in Hawaii?
Because of Hawaii's remote location, it has to rely totally on imports of fossil fuels so it has the highest prices in the nation. At the same time, its tropical latitude makes it well-suited to renewable energy sources like solar and wind. Governor Linda Lingle has been a supporter of building out charging networks in the Islands which has helped influence Nissan's decision to offer the EV there early in 2011. We approve.