• Sep 8, 2010
Mark your calendars, dust off your driving shoes, practice your electric car speak and get ready to pilot the world's first mass-produced, battery-powered family vehicle of the modern age. The Nissan Leaf is headed your way and test drives are coming to an area near you.

Nissan's Drive Electric Tour, sponsored by the 100 percent electric Leaf, kicks off on October 1st and the company has revealed tour dates, locations and has provided a nifty button on its website which allows you to schedule a test drive of its new EV. The Drive Electric Tour kicks off with a stop at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica, CA, and for the first leg of the tour, the Leaf will travel along our nation's west coast. By December, the Leaf will make its way across the southern portion of the U.S., eventually concluding in Nashville, TN near the end of March. Tour dates and locations are posted on the Drive Nissan Leaf site. Hit up the site, schedule your drive and patiently wait for your chance to pilot the "game-changing" Nissan Leaf. Hat tip to Michael!

[Source: Drive Nissan Leaf]


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      blue3874
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is there no trip to New York?
      • 4 Years Ago
      From its catfish face aft, it's just plain butt ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Colorado? Home to Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins - all environmentally obsessed? Ridiculous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Co is too cold. This car performs miserably in cold weather. A test drive there would be an embarrassment and bring bad PR to Nissan, so it's smart they stay away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always think it looks like it was designed by Dr. Seuss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "The first 100% electric, no gas, no tailpipe vehicle?" What's a Tesla, then? Can I get an asterisk, Nissan?
        • 4 Years Ago
        GM EV-1 and Toyota RAV4-EV beat both the Tesla and Leaf by a decade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Leaf might be the perfect car for my wife and me. Her beat up 94 Integra gets driven short distance a few times a month and racks on about 2K miles a year. The reason: I drive her around in my Golf TDI and rack on about 30K miles a year in the diesel. The Leaf would be great for our short distance trips (about 65% of our trips) and the TDI is great for the trips greater than 6 miles (it takes awhile to reach normal operating temperature). Secondly, we pay about $33K in federal and state tax (not including sales tax) a year and we rent an apartment. The tax credits would be gratefully accepted.

      The only I can't get passed in regards to the Leaf is the push button ignition and the electronic parking brake. I'm a control freak and I need the assurance of fail-safes. Hell, I've never owned a car that shifted its own gears...I definitely favor most mechanical components over electrical (with the exception of my Autometer boost gauge).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know what you mean.

        Electronic parking brake trips me up too. Cuz i'm oldschool like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? No stops in the middle or northern states during the winter months? I suppose there's no need to show off its Achielles' heel, but that will reveal itself soon enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that they won't be selling this car initially in those areas anyway.
        You wouldn't want one out there anyhow.

        The type of lithium batteries they're using don't perform well in the cold, unfortunately.

        It'll come around in time. There are a few batteries in development that happily work in extreme temperatures. I believe Toshiba's SCiB is one of those.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This ad is 100% false. Electric cars have come and gone since the invention of the automobile.
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