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As we saw yesterday, the first Nissan Leaf was delivered to a non-celebrity customer yesterday in San Francisco. The lucky new owner, Olivier Chalouhi, lives in the Bay Area and just happened to be the first person to get his order in back when Nissan opened up the process to Leaf handraisers in late August. Chalouhi is the chief technology officer of the stealth (for now) start-up Fanhattan, which has something to do with "the connected TV space."

According to Plug In Cars, Chalouhi only recently had a Level 2 charger installed in his rental house – for a while he was planning on only using a standard outlet because he only expects to drive his Leaf 20 miles a day. Nissan is proud of this delivery, releasing a statement that said, "This groundbreaking moment represents the first delivery of an affordable, mass-market, all-electric car since the first days of the automotive era." The statement also said:
The San Francisco Bay Area events kicked off more than a week of festivities, as Nissan delivers the first Nissan LEAF vehicles to each of its primary launch markets in Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Seattle and Tennessee.
Away from the bright lights, though, it is beginning to look like there might be some delays in getting big shipments to people who ordered a Leaf. A glance at the My Nissan Leaf discussion forum shows that there is a lot of confusion over when the bulk of the vehicles will actually be delivered. And Wards Auto says that Nissan, "will push back launching the electric vehicle in some 'additional markets.'" Nissan has not yet responded directly to our question on the timing of widespread deliveries, but the statement about Chalouhi does say:
In order to fulfill interest and meet demand in initial launch markets, Nissan plans to reopen reservations in the first half of 2011 as well as shift timing of additional markets until the second half of 2011.
We're quite curious to see what the deal is. Compared to some of the failures to come through on promises made in the electric vehicle industry, we have to say that at least Nissan has delivered the first Leaf on time, which is a big deal. Let's hope the others aren't too far behind. Also, compared to the rest of the big OEMs, Nissan has most certainly done something they've been afraid to do: start making EVs. That's something worth celebrating. To get you in the mood, check out AutoblogGreen reader Chris' video upload of the Nissan live stream from the event after the jump.



[Source: Nissan, Wards Auto, Plug In Cars]



PRESS RELEASE

Nissan Makes History With Delivery of World's First 100% Electric Nissan LEAF to California Consumer

North Bay Nissan of Petaluma to deliver 100% electric car on Saturday; Press conference to follow after procession to San Francisco City Hall

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America Inc. (NNA) makes history by bringing sustainable mobility to the mass market, with the world's first delivery of a Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicle. Olivier Chalouhi, a San Francisco Bay Area resident and the first person in the United States to place a Nissan LEAF order, took delivery of his black Nissan LEAF SL at North Bay Nissan of Petaluma. The delivery was followed by a press conference at San Francisco City Hall Plaza. This groundbreaking moment represents the first delivery of an affordable, mass-market, all-electric car since the first days of the automotive era.

Chalouhi, a 31-year-old entrepreneur is the founder of Fanhattan, a venture-backed stealth start-up in the connected TV space, where he serves as chief technology officer. He currently lives in Redwood City, Calif., with his wife, Jana, and their two children and holds a master's degree in computer science from the French Aeronautical and Space School. Before purchasing his Nissan LEAF, Chalouhi commuted to work on an electric bicycle.

"Electricity is the new fuel for cars, and the Nissan LEAF has the potential to transform the automotive industry and the way people drive," said Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas. "Starting today, drivers have the freedom to choose a future that produces zero tailpipe emissions, moves away from our dependence on fossil fuels, and represents the end of trips to the gas station. This Nissan LEAF delivery is the first of thousands and signifies the dawn of a movement that brings sustainable mobility to within our grasp."

The San Francisco Bay Area events kicked off more than a week of festivities, as Nissan delivers the first Nissan LEAF vehicles to each of its primary launch markets in Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Seattle and Tennessee. Nissan also donated $25,000 to the World Wildlife Fund to mark the occasion.

"San Francisco is committed to make the Bay Area the top EV market in America, and the fact that San Francisco is the number one market in the nation for Nissan LEAF ownership reservations is proof we're on our way," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "We are proud that Bay Area resident is the very first owner of a LEAF, anywhere in the world. We congratulate Olivier Chalouhi and the thousands of other Bay Area residents who soon will be driving electric cars, leading the way to climate friendly transportation."

In all of these first markets, Nissan has formed partnerships with local, regional and state governments along with utilities to foster the development of electric vehicle-friendly policies and an EV-charging infrastructure. Sonoma County, the home of North Bay Nissan, marks among the first of such partnership agreements. The delivery of these first Nissan LEAFs also marks a milestone for The EV Project, a research and charging infrastructure deployment project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The first Nissan LEAF owners in San Diego and Arizona are participants in The EV Project, the largest EV infrastructure deployment project ever undertaken. AeroVironment Inc. (Nasdaq: AVAV) is working with Nissan to supply and install home charging docks for Nissan LEAF customers, nationwide, including Chalouhi as well as first customers in Oregon, Seattle and Tennessee.

The initial Nissan LEAF deliveries will be followed by a second shipment of Nissan LEAF electric cars scheduled to arrive on Dec. 20 and destined for consumer driveways in time for the holidays. Nissan is on track for a nationwide launch of the Nissan LEAF by 2012, with Hawaii and Texas next to roll out in early 2011. In order to fulfill interest and meet demand in initial launch markets, Nissan plans to reopen reservations in the first half of 2011 as well as shift timing of additional markets until the second half of 2011.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can be found at www.nissanusa.com
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Buy this car and help screw Exxon, like they're screwing You.

      http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/aug2009/gb20090828_057017.htm
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope people actually use these vehicles as their daily driver, instead of just showing off to their "green" friends. Then drive their Brabus Mercedes to the real party. Reminds me of how the Tesla Roadster gets used....
      • 4 Years Ago
      egad! even uglier in motion pictures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks aren't really the priority relative to a mass produced alternative fuel car that is affordable to many people, besides being a subjective attribute in the first place.

        Perhaps a higher elevation view would be beneficial vs. a shallow perspective?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've got the EVSE. I've got the financing pre-approved. Now all I need is the car. Come on Nissan....give me a LEAF for Christmas (or very shortly thereafter)!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had the same feeling till my December order availability got moved to "late summer" for some unexplained reason. I don't need infrastructure..... I need to be able to order the Leaf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Say what ?????????
      • 4 Years Ago
      The reason there is a delay getting the car to some markets is because the cities have to opt for charging stations to be brought into the city for electric cars in case of an emergency.

      I know this for a fact, since I pre-ordered my Nissan Leaf, and WORK at a Nissan dealership as a sales consultant in Ottawa, who was told I can expect my car late next year due to my city's inability to sign up for electric charging stations.

      Many people may have ordered it - but many cities may still be without the proper charging facilities.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's interesting. I was in Toronto at Plug 'n' Drive Ontario's General Meeting last month and someone from Ontario Hydro's "Electric Vehicles Project" said the same thing: "OEMs are demanding plug-in friendly communities"... no real mention of why though.
        Can you tell me more about the “in case of emergency” stipulation?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been trying to get media staff to recognize this "story" for some time. It has been and becomes even more obvious that something is not going to the original plan for the Nissan role out of the Leaf.

      We should celebrate that they are starting to deliver real customer cars, BUT we should be demanding to know WHY they are not able to deliver even the "first 200" orders they took on 31 August ALL before the end of 2010. I am one of those who got a confirmed order placed on 31 August and was assured several times by Nissan Leaf "Customer Service" that cars would be delivered 3-4 months after the order was accepted. For me that would have been sometime in December. My current "Leaf Dashboard" shows a February delivery date and I still have no VIN reported there while others who did order in early September have VIN feedback and almost all the other 31 Aug. orders have at least January delivery dates...now--though we all had December dates up to mid-November or so.

      Nissan has done NOTHING to contact any of us to explain the delays or to offer us any kind of consolation for missing the 2010 tax credit. I find this virtually unforgivable that no apology and no explanation has been presented. If there were ANY other option about now, I , for one, would jump, but perhaps THAT is why Nissan feels they can treat us this way--there are no options?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A rollout for a product such as this is going to experience delays, changes, rescheduling and many other issues. Patience is going to be an attribute early adopters will need to practice as Nissan management tries to keep things on schedule and explain to potential buyers what is going on when there are changes.

      It's not like they have your $34,000 and you don't have a car yet. This is an ordering process. Sometimes there are delays. I'm sure everyone will get their car, just a bit later than sooner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah.... talk about nitpicking.

        A revolutionary vehicle is being produced... and people are focusing on minor delays of a few months.

        Do people even realize that the Leaf is not scheduled to be released nationwide until 2012???

        EARLY LAUNCH MARKETS are more of a privilege than a right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This groundbreaking moment represents the first delivery of an affordable, mass-market, all-electric car since the first days of the automotive era." -Nissan

      Could somebody explain to me what on earth that entirely ordinary appearing 2002 RAV4-EV that has been chilling out in my driveway (when it's not faithfully shuttling me to work and back) for almost a DECADE and over 100,000 miles is? I'm sure it's going to wonder in the morning when I tell it it doesn't exist, or it wasn't affordable, or it was somehow not as mainstream as the Leaf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not mass-market because they didn't make many of them. It wasn't even designed to be produced in a fashion that would be cost-effective at high production volumes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So far, neither is the Leaf. Until Nissan has delivered at least several thousand, they shouldn't be claiming a first from anyone, and in any case it will still be really just a return of a mass-market available, "more-affordable-than-a-Tesla" electric car ... as was the EV1, the RAV4-EV (as long as you're willing to concede that the total market that both cars were available in was massive).

        Not saying Nissan shouldn't be congratulated in advance for the effort, just that the statement is utter nonsense at the single digit non-celebrity delivery point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are right , it's a real mass=market green product and nissan is aheah of gm, ford and chrysler. The next step as it's unfortunately not a complete green product. nissan try to say that you still must buy energy from the richs and corrupt and incompetant energy retailer by plugging it to nuclear, coal or natural gas.

      This is a good test-bed as this car is fully own by a citizen, to plug to it efficient solar panels put on the roof, hood and everywhere in the car and small home windmill to fully recharge it for free without human work too and also power the house when the car is parked at home.

      This is the beginning of free, unlimited material energy for citizen. forget religion, ectasy, mysterious power of mind and soul whatsoever. material energy is not tied whatsoever to personnal energy. many many poor folks had dreamed in vain to buy mysterious energy power throu goverment , social majority tendance, religious group like budda, chritianity, scientology or anything silly like that, LOL.

      This is just material things and material energy. It don't lead nowhere except to alleviate your wallet and reduce breathable pollution air for biology thing like human corpses or water quality for exemple.

      Nissan and this folks are just on a way to have a better overall car dravability and practising experience.

      Many folks in this website confuse material energy with super-natural energy, there is absolutelly no ends in both energy for the rest of your memory time for the rest of the time here and everywhere. Almost everyone i know have bet on a end of both energy because they feel useless, low energy and empty and most rely on j-c since 2010 years but j=c is gone somewhere else then this place and will never come back never again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      spam
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