• Oct 15th 2010 at 1:32PM
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Nissan is running around the country to promote its all-electric Leaf. The Drive Electric tour has already had two stops in California – the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica and the Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim – and a third one is planned for this coming weekend. SoCal residents, this is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a 2011 Nissan Leaf and see what it's like to drive a full-size electric vehicle.

The San Diego stop of the Drive Electric tour is located at the NTC Promenade. The event kicks off today and will be open from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The EVs will be in San Diego through Sunday, October 17th.

Interested in attending this weekend's EV fun? Head over to DriveNissanLeaf.com and register. If you don't live in Southern California but want to the chance to drive a Leaf, take a look at the schedule to see if the Drive Electric tour is coming to a town near you.

Photos copyright ©2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

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All-electric Nissan LEAF brings
23-city consumer test-drive tour to San Diego

WHAT: The "Drive Electric Tour...sponsored by the 100-percent electric Nissan
LEAF" gives consumers a first-ever chance to experience all-electric
driving. In addition to the first public test-drives, the tour also provides information about the car, its technology and its features.

The public will have the opportunity to drive the LEAF in San Diego starting on October 15 at the NTC Promenade.

WHEN: Friday, October 15: 9am-6pm
Saturday, October 16: 8am-6pm
Sunday, October 17: 8am-5pm

WHERE: Promenade in Liberty Station, Point Loma
Across from 2640 Historic Decatur Road
*The Drive Electric Tour will be located at the Ingram Plaza and adjacent Parking Lots

· Consumer reaction to first-ever test-drive of an all-electric vehicle
· Displays and interactive kiosks about alternative technology
· Nissan spokesperson on opportunity and advantage of all-electric vehicles

MORE: Interested drivers can learn more about the tour, and register to drive the Nissan LEAF at www.drivenissanleaf.com.

Sales of the Nissan LEAF begin in December in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. In January 2011, sales begin in Texas and Hawaii. The Nissan LEAF will be available nationwide by the end of 2011.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's going to be revenge of the electric soon. Gas won for a while now, and now EV is making a come back. It'll be funny if steam engine cars make a come back too haha.

      Man, I should test drive one, always wanted to try an electric car for the experience alone.
      Hell if it have 4+ wheels and it transport people on public road I wanna try it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you see any Polar Bears at the Test Drive, they do not want to hug you, DO NOT hug them.

      Just a PSA :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Angry much?

      Sorry, this little bugeyed turd is nothing new. EVs have been around for a long time.
      I think the Volt is a much more interesting and REAL car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is the leaf not a "real car"? This is the very definition of efficient. No oil changes! No gas! Nothing. The volt will need all the maintanance of a regular ICE car! Leaf FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "How is the leaf not a "real car"?"

        I too would like to know. I drove it and was shocked at how resolved and how much of a 'real car' it really was.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Exactly and most people own more than one car. This is perfect for commuters going to work or school.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll test drive one. Don't know if I would buy it though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually drove the LEAF at the Anahiem event and walked away quite impressed. We got it up to 50 in short time and without even noticing. It's much quicker off the line than my wife's Mazda 3 or my buddy's Accord V6. It's eerily quiet, the cars that you are passing make more noise than the LEAF. The fit and finish are excellent and the interior is great. I don't think this car will have any more difficulty merging onto freeways than the current crop of compact four bangers out there (Civic, Corolla, 3, Forte, Elantra, etc.).

      I also checked out the Volt display at the auto show. I think that the volt is a fine car for people who truly have a concern about range. Like most, we're a two car family, so the LEAF is definitely my choice for a commuter. With the incentives in CA, I will get mine for $21K before taxes - fully loaded. That's less than a fully loaded 3, Civic, Insight, Sonata or any of the other cars I'm mildly interested in.

      As for the show - we liked the Juke, new Optima (yes, KIA) and GMC's Granite concept. If GM would actually bring the Granite to market in its current form I might put a seven year hold on my EV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I walked out of school today for lunch and they were driving by! They look really cool in person honestly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No and No, thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I drove one last week in Orange. Kinda sloooow, but very quiet. Felt like a well sprung small but heavy car. Wife loved it, I'm holding out for the Volt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If i can floor it and it does 0-60 in 6 seconds i'll take one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not happening :(

        Supposedly it feels like a v6 in the city and kinda poops out on the highway. at higher speeds
        ( electric cars reeaallly need transmissions... )
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking forward to the Nashville event, I'm definitely gonna give it a whirl. I would never buy one, but I am very interested in seeing what the driving experience is like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How very interesting that all of the drive locations are south of the Mason-Dixon line. Something tells me a drive in wintertime Chicago would be quite an embarrassment to Nissan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope, they're not in Chicago, embarrassingly, because Chicago's not interested in being a green forward thinking area. You'll notice, and they pretty much reassert this tons, that they've chosen cities which have a *gasp* infrastructure for electric vehicles. Makes sense, socal alone will sport 1500 chargers from la to sd.
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