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Let's repeat the Leaf purchasing process, as outlined by Nissan, one more time. The four simple steps to secure your place as one of the thousands who will own Nissan's zero-emissions vehicle next year are as follows: reserve, home assessment, charger installation and ordering. The process, as we've reported before, has chugged along with nary a hitch - or has it?

Just in time for the debut of two very-hyped plug-in vehicles from Nissan and Chevrolet, the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) will launch a training program aimed at informing installers, electricians, manufacturers and automakers about the complexities involved with the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment. The program, offered through the UL University, will provide:

If you take a look at the Nissan Leaf reservation steps, outlined in the image above, you will immediately notice that installing a charger precedes ordering your Leaf. In fact, getting a charger is a pre-requisite for ownership. Nissan isn't the only automaker that plans to do this, but it does raise some cause for concern, especially when the possibility of price gouging exists. Here's what we mean.