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First consumer reserved Leaf gets delivered  (Source: Nissan)
Exactly when others will get their new rides is unknown

Nissan started taking reservations for the all-electric Leaf back in August and the first person to place an order was apparently a San Francisco Bay Area man named Olivier Chalouhi.

The man has now received the first Leaf to be delivered to a general consumer. Chalouhi has said that he only intends to drive the Leaf about 20 miles per day and had a Level 2 charger installed in the house he rents. Autoblog Green reports that while the first Leaf has been delivered on time to Chalouhi, the delivery status on the bulk of Leaf deliveries to consumers is still a bit murky.

Autoblog Green reports that confusion over delivery dates reins at the My Nissan Leaf discussion forums and reports are coming in that Nissan will delay the launch of the Leaf in other countries. A statement from Nissan touting the delivery of the Leaf to Chalouhi noted, "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 added, "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 said in the statement that it would reopen reservations of the Leaf in the first half of 2011 and would delay the launch of the Leaf in some additional markets to the second half of 2011.

The Leaf received an EPA fuel economy rating of 99 mpg.

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Ideal consumer
By Spivonious on 12/13/2010 10:41:46 AM , Rating: 2
20 miles per day is the ideal consumer for an electric car. I'm just wondering what he'll do when he wants to go on a road trip.

RE: Ideal consumer
By pukemon on 12/13/2010 10:43:39 AM , Rating: 3
Rent a car?

RE: Ideal consumer
By tallguywithglasseson on 12/13/2010 11:23:18 AM , Rating: 2
He's in a 2-car family, which seems to me like the target market for this type of vehicle. So he'll just take his wife's car if he wants to road trip.

RE: Ideal consumer
By captainobvious on 12/13/2010 2:17:40 PM , Rating: 4
He's in a 2-car family, which seems to me like the target market for this type of vehicle. So he'll just take his wife's car if he wants to road trip.

You meant his husband's car, right?

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RE: Ideal consumer
By johnsonx on 12/13/2010 2:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. according to the source press release:
"He currently lives in Redwood City, Calif., with his wife, Jana, and their two children..."

Redwood City isn't exactly downtown s.f.

RE: Ideal consumer
By surt on 12/13/2010 6:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Even though gays are much more common here, you'd still have slightly LESS than a 50/50 chance of being right making that bet. They may be loud and noticeable, but they aren't truly quite that common.

RE: Ideal consumer
By Anoxanmore on 12/14/2010 1:32:44 PM , Rating: 2

SF isn't the homosexual capital of the US and hasn't been for a long time.

RE: Ideal consumer
By semo on 12/13/2010 11:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
I usually fly or take the train to my holidays. Not everyone does roadtrips, drive to their holidays, go hunting, camping, etc...

I know plenty of people do that but not everyone.

I wouldn't buy this leaf though. Keeping an eye on the tesla RAV4

RE: Ideal consumer
By JediJeb on 12/14/2010 2:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
For me a road trip to my parents is 120 miles, and there is no other way to get there but two lane roads. I would consider a Leaf for driving to work which would add up to just over 30 miles round trip, but for anything else I would still need to keep my truck handy.

RE: Ideal consumer
By Richard875yh5 on 12/13/2010 4:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
He's a wise man to do only 20 miles a day.

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