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  • Oct 20th 2011 at 10:42AM
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It's official. Nissan will launch the Leaf in South Africa "as soon as conditions allow."

While addressing attendees at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show, Pierre Loing, Nissan's vice-president of product and strategy, told showgoers that the success of the award-winning Leaf has paved the way for acceptance of electric vehicle technology.

Following recent discussions with South Africa's government, Nissan now intends to release the Leaf there, possibly within the next two years. Nissan South Africa managing director Mike Whitfield stated:
We intend to bring the Leaf to South Africa in 2013, subject to confirmation of government policy on charging infrastructure and customer incentives. There is more work to do before we can confirm its launch in South Africa but this underline both Nissan's, and this country's, commitment to delivering a more sustainable future for road transport.
The moral of this story seems awful similar to that "Field of Dreams" flick: If you build the infrastructure, the Leaf will come.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I recommend to postpone buying a leaf with this lithium-ion battery and wait for solid-state battery that offer approx 6x the range and also a lower cost. Why buying a car that will be obsolete in a couple of years. No taxi can seriously use this car and nobody can go to vacation with this car. This battery is costly and underperforming and also is polluting because it might be short lived. Also it cost more to recharge because it don't have a big charge. A solid state battery with 6x the capacities can be charged with cheaper electricity because you have more time to do it and more possibilities of finding green electricity with windmills and/or solar panels. You can then recharge at a slow rate when you don't use the car. Solid-state battery mean also the possibility of finding free non-polluting electricity easilly because you are not in a hurry.
        Arun Murali
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Thats it I am waiting for the nuclear powered car. I need to pay only once in my lifetime for that one.
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Hard to tell when that battery will be in a working form. To channel my inner Dan, we haven't seen any built yet, even in test form. Also, any leaf you buy now, best case scenario, would be getting ready for replacement by the time the solid state batteries came out.
      mexicanjetta
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I should care about this because...?
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mexicanjetta
        Seriously though Mexican...I could care less... :D
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mexicanjetta
        This just in: Leaf being sold to those people that talk with the clicking tongues in whatever god forsaken country they are from. And this is interesting why? Well, it isn't all about you and your needs. Why, this website also caters to those people that taking with the tongue clicking noises. Gosh!
        DaveMart
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mexicanjetta
        Maybe the website is not exclusively devoted to you, and is also aimed at other people interested in green cars, South African's for instance! But of course if YOU are not interested in an article, they have no business publishing it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How long does it take to charge full and will SA's standard 220V be efficient ?
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