Nissan Canada has delivered the first all-electric Nissan LEAF to Canadian consumer Ricardo Borba at a debut event in Ottawa. Borba, who was the first person in Canada to order the Nissan LEAF, was given his new car keys directly from Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada.
“This is a significant milestone in the movement that brings sustainable mobility within our grasp and at Nissan we’re excited to be leading the way by bringing the world’s first all-electric car to the mass market, which was also recognized as the 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. “Today we made history by handing over the keys to Mr. Borba, the first Canadian consumer to purchase a Nissan LEAF. This represents the freedom to choose a car that has no tailpipe, produces no emissions and will never have to visit a gas station.”
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A 44 year old electric engineer and software developer at IBM, Borba decided to choose the Nissan LEAF as his family’s primary car. But why exactly did Borba order the electric car?
“My family and I were starting to look for a new car last year when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred and prompted us to think about alternatives to gas-powered vehicles,” said Borba. “We considered several options and the Nissan LEAF was the one that best fits our needs. It’s all-electric and looks and drives just like a regular car with five seats, ample cargo space and loaded with high-tech features. It’s smooth, quiet and has incredible acceleration. In other words, it’s fun to drive!”
Late October marks the launch of online reservation process for 2012 Nissan LEAFs. To qualify for online reservations, a consumer must register on the Nissan LEAF microsite as well as reside nearby one of the 27 Nissan EV-Certified dealers located across Canada.