• Sep 24th 2010 at 11:56AM
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Nissan Leaf ad featuring spokesperson Lance Armstrong

Back in May, Nissan promised that seven-time Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, would soon become the first person to own the battery-powered Leaf. Well, in less than a week, Mr. Armstrong should receive the keys that will bring his electric wonder to life. Yeah, we hear your complaints already and we're well aware that celebs get the good stuff before us more common folk, but at least we now know that one Leaf that's not part of Nissan's test fleet will soon be tooling around on public roads.

Why is Armstrong the lucky one? Well, because he's famous, duh! Oh yeah, Armstrong is also the official spokesperson for the Leaf and he's even appeared in a commercial touting the car as the "zero-emissions" vehicle that could have made the seven-time champ into an eight-timer. That is, if the Leaf was around to lead Lance's charge up to the summit of Alpe d'Huez, a grueling mountain stage in the 2009 Tour de France. As Armstrong tweeted, "Getting mine next week! Can't wait." We bet 20,000 thousand others share a similar sentiment.

[Source: Nissan-Leaf]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how well the Leaf would work as a pace vehicle for Lance. With the distances they ride in a day (>100 mi), with sometimes mountainous terrain, would Lance arrive first because the Leaf had to re-charge?

      Still waiting for my delivery date since I'm not famous...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unless the heater or air conditioning is running hard, I'd imagine that the Leaf wouldn't have much trouble getting 100 miles range at professional cyclist speeds (15-35 mph). Due to the lack of wind drag the Leaf will be very efficient at those speeds.

        Probably still cutting it a bit too close for comfort, but I imagine a next gen vehicle with 150 mi range would have no problems and no range anxiety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lance needs to tap into that 500 watt output device that he uses for his day job.
      If Nissan could accessorize the drivers seat to accommodate his workaday setup, He could be his own range extender, especially around town. It would make those long stoplights primary charging points.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some great leader or sensible leader needs to push gradual ellimination & downgrading & eventual outlawing of gas guzzling autos inviting more innovation under such pressure to create new cleaner practical useable inexpensive to run technologies needed! Only force will work otherwise these short sighted dimwit engineers & sales teams of organizations the likes of GM will continue to dominate worldwide market forces for too long to come! Only direct action now will partially save the planet! -- Or trust in Jesus' cleanup plan coming soon with His return & start of His official all inclusive just & fair loving dictatorial governing over all the earth & it's remaining people who live through world war 3!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually I can't wait to see most gas gusslers banned from international roads not including hybrids wwhich run partially on gas, but why not use bio fuels for the hybrids which will consume much less fuels in actual daily operation by the electrics side of the hybrid? Where there's a will there's a way to stop the pollution, a major factor in going forward with hybridization & finally full electrics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care about Armstrong.
      More important is that the shipping of the cars is on its way.
      And Nissan does a very good Job.

      First production EV already delivered in September, which means this is no 500 leasing cars demo game like DMW and Mercedes are playing.
      This is real.
      Well we won't see it in Germany for the next years, but i'd love to take it for a ride.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd give my left nut to get a Leaf before him.

      (hurr hurr hurr)
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, you even know which nut he lost too? Crazy, left eh?
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least he's the only famous one queue-jumping - the other celebs have to wait like we normal folk. So no hard feelings on my part.
      • 5 Years Ago
      will his have hidden wheel motors and battery pack so it can get up hills a bit faster : )
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can understand why famous people that have marketed the vehicle get theirs first, but it has always eluded me how Tour de Doping can make anyone famous. It's boring. Even Curling is more exciting to watch (tried once when there was nothing interesting in TV).
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should then install crank-gears to make electricity at the place of gas and brake pedals and put accelerator and brake controls on the steering wheel and put another crank-gear at the passenger place and don't forget the solar panels on the roof and hood to charge the battery for free and when the battery is completelly charge then make gazeous compressed hydrogen in a big tank for the fuelcell and also to sell this electric charge and surplus hydrogen to the neiboors or powering the house when the car is parked at home.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We bet 20,000 thousand others share a similar sentiment."

      Whoa. Nissan has boosted their 2010/2011 production numbers to 20 million Leafs, with sales to match?

      That's an improvement of 1000x! Stop the presses everyone!
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL I didn't catch that. It's like reading where somebody writes about going to
        to some place at the end of the line and everyone's mind just assumes what is supposed to be there and ignores the extra "to".
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