• Sep 30th 2010 at 12:36PM
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Lance Armstrong's black 2011 Nissan Leaf - Click above for high-res image gallery

We've said it before, but we'll say it again. Celebs always get the good stuff. Don't they? Well, if your name happens to be Lance Armstrong, you know, the seven-time Tour de France champion, then the good stuff refers to getting your hands on the first production Nissan Leaf in the land. Yep, as expected, Lance landed his Leaf and no, it's not that Aqua Globe blue color that we've all seen a couple hundred times.

Lance's Leaf is dazzling black with wheels striped in gold. The color combo works, transforming the Leaf from a bubbly-shaped blue electric vehicle that screams out, "hey, I'm a zero-emissions car" to, dare we say, a sporty compact primed to take on the gas-powered competition. Okay, maybe the transformation isn't that dramatic, but aside from the "100% electric" labeling and the "zero emission" graphic, Lance's Leaf looks like any other modern vehicle that you might stumble across on our roads.

Congrats to Nissan for delivering on its promise and we're certain that this "zero-emissions" dream machine has landed with a deserving owner. Let's hope Lance will shoot up some more pics and share his experience with the rest of us. Hat tip to Chris!

UPDATE
: Additional images added. Check out the high-res gallery.


Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf
  • Lance Armstrong's Nissan Leaf

[Source: Leaf Owner]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very cool for Lance. I'm more into the silver LEAF. I like for the headlamps and taillights to blend more with the body of the car. But that is just me.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Nice choice, there is a reason they used that color in their ads. Though, that blue looks even better in person.
        • 7 Months Ago
        I agree. I feel the same holds true for the blue (which is what I chose) and white.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are some new (and better) pictures up on Nissan Leaf's FB page. Must admit, the look is growing on me (I'm not crazy about black cars).
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, no roof mounted bike rack? =)

      And now, cue comments about ruining the aero performance w/a bike rack...
        • 7 Months Ago
        It just might be big enough to stash the bike inside when the rear seat is folded down, so a roof rack is not really needed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I reserved mine in black too. I may have to consider the gold rims as well, I like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a blacky reseved also. No gold for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but I can see the Radio Shack logo anywhere there. Gotta be there tho. We're paying for a lot of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But black will mean more electricity going to the air conditioning system.
        • 7 Months Ago
        The Leaf will use resistance heaters. In my EV the heater uses much more energy than the AC. The heater is connected to the traction battery pack, the 12volt AC is not. The Leaf most likly uses the 12 volt system for both heat and AC so I don't know which one uses more energy. I suppose it depends where you live. Black is better in colder climates.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Not neccesarily. The solar panel in the SL trim option helps keep the car cooler in sunlight. Also depends on where you live. I live in Seattle, so hot days are few, but cooler days are many, and a warm car on a cold day is nice.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Sorry about the parrot post at the end their electruck.
        Hey, look the fog lights come on without the head lights! Wonder if that is stock or the Lance had it rewired that way. The Yaris and the Silverado must have the headlights on to run the fog lights. The Vette must have the parking lights on, only then can you turn the fog lights on, they are pretty dim on the Vette. Maybe the fog lights serve as the daytime running lights on the Leaf?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the "100% electric Zero Emission" sticker mandatory or is there a delete option?
        • 7 Months Ago
        It does show up on black more so than blue. No decals for me. No gody gold either.
        • 7 Months Ago
        Good Grief! How much does it cost to get their tat taken off?
        • 7 Months Ago
        It's an option that costs more if you want it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That must be the Lotus John Player Special F1 edition.....Now why Lance is advertizing cigarettes is beyond me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it still zero emissions even though producing the vehicle creates emissions? Are all batteries zero emissions? How about plastic? Rubber? The only way to create a zero emission car is by not producing a car.
        • 7 Months Ago
        If you want to keep pulling at straws.... the computer that you typed you comment on, is producing emissions. And it was produced in a factory that produced emissions. The internet service you use produces emissions. When you breath, you produce emissions. Just having your brain function by thinking produces emissions.

        What emissions, how much, and what is the impact on the economy and environment? Those are relevant questions.

        And the debate on the production emissions between Batteries and the associated components vs. an Internal Combustion Engine and it's associated components.... has already sparked a lot of debate.

        However, the verdict is that if the EV model is produced in the same quantity as the ICE model and a Lithium Cell recycling program is used... the impact is about the same.
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