Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan has delivered the first all-electric Leaf to a Canadian buyer. Ricardo Borba of Ottawa was the first person in Canada to place an order and received his car last Friday.
“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. “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.”
Borba, a 44-year-old electric engineer and software developer with IBM, said that the Leaf will be the family’s primary 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,” he said. “We considered several options and the Nissan Leaf was the one that best fits our needs.”
Delivery of the 2011 Leaf will continue in the coming weeks across Canada. In late October, the company will open its online reservation process for the allocation of 2012 vehicles. Reservations are eligible to those registered on the Nissan Leaf microsite and who live within the vicinity of the 27 EV-certified dealers across Canada. Nissan anticipates it will have 600 Leafs on Canadian roads by the end of the 2012 model year.