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336 electricity-powered miles on the odometer and a behind the wheel, Olivier is still basking in the glow of the first Nissan Leaf.

a blitz of media fanfare, last weekend became the person to receive the all-electric which he is using to commute and around his two toddlers.

The 31-year-old City resident is an unlikely for Nissan Leaf owner No. 1. He an electric car enthusiast or environmental he admitted. But Chalouhi concluded the would make a good for a Honda Accord he had been He wanted a small car for his short to and from work.

At that point when I I could be commuting without then it became a no-brainer, Chalouhi, who works as chief officer for Fanhattan, a digital startup company in San Mateo.

plunked down $99 in April to his Leaf and was the first person to an order, just after on Aug. 31. Being first in meant he got his Leaf — with a tan interior — at a dealership on Dec.


Only people in the U.S. so far have delivery of their Leafs, but are about 20,000 on the reservation said Nissan spokesman Tim The automobile manufacturer is holding events in various cities, San Diego, Phoenix and Portland. set of keys was handed to a Leaf in Seattle on Friday.

By the end of summer, our goal is to have in their car, Gallagher

After picking up his car on Dec. 11 and it to a press conference at San Francisco Hall, Chalouhi said he the Leaf home and plugged it in the battery was running low. He the car’s mileage varies

Chalouhi said he can get 100 miles per in slow city driving, but 50 or 60 miles at 75 mph on the freeway.

I’m not to do road trips in this he said.

Chalouhi plugs his car a Nissan charging station an installed at his home. It costs him $1.20 for a full charge.

He expects to save $1,000 to per year by not using gas. tax, registration and other the car cost him about $37,000, but he is for a $7,500 federal tax credit and a rebate from the state, the cost to $24,500.

Chalouhi’s after a week behind the The car is fun to drive, has a surprising amount of and is quiet. He is also a fan of the equipped and GPS systems.

But he was thrown by the rear mirror, which is smaller what he is accustomed to.

Even if the wasn’t so eco-friendly, Chalouhi he would still be happy his purchase, because of the price, and quiet drive.

Forget the environment, if you don’t to drive tons of miles a electric cars are by FAR superior, wrote in a post on the mynissanleaf.com where he was bombarded with and congratulations about the car. no coming back for my day to day car for me. EVER.


Answers to frequently asked from Nissan’s website:

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Q: How can this car go?

A: We’re targeting a top of about 90 mph.

Q: Is it true the Nissan LEAF has no fluids coolant, transmission, steering,

A: Most fluids associated engines are eliminated, (motor transmission fluid, etc). It have brake fluid, and washer fluid, though.

Q: Will the Nissan LEAF with a sun roof?

A: Initially, no. A would add weight, affect and create unwanted drag, can affect range.

Q: What is the price of the home-installed charge components? Are they separate the cost of the car?

A: We expect the home charging dock in a typical new home to be approximately plus tax and license fees. tax credits may offset 50 percent of the (up to $2,000) through Dec. unless government extends it

Q: How long will it be before you can a car anywhere? Like at a gas station?

A: is working to encourage third and government organizations to grow the infrastructure. As electric vehicle grows we expect additional We do believe most people charge their Nissan at home much like do their cell phones.

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