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