All-Electric Car Hits Seattle Market

By Laura Hawkins December 17, 2010

Hyping something really cool one of our investors is doing.  (U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell digs it too.)

Nissan sold Seattle's first affordable all-electric green car, the Nissan Leaf, this afternoon to local couple Jennifer Steele and Jonathan Hoekstra. (The first one in the region was purchased yesterday in Portland.) The Nissan Leaf, which sells for $32,780 (compared to the all-electric Tesla Roadster's $101,500 price tag), was released two days ago and has since sold its first models in California, Arizona, and Oregon.

The Leaf features an interior made largely of recycled and recyclable materials and is estimated to cost less than $3 to charge up.

The car will also be the premier vehicle available as part of The EV Project, which is going to provide "free home-charging stations and installation for up to 4,700 Nissan LEAF owners," according to the Nissan website.

Full disclosure: Stadium Nissan is owned by Greg Smith, one of PubliCola's investors. But we're not the only ones who thought this was cool news. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell sent out a press release applauding the Nissan Leaf's arrival on the Seattle market. She's a big fan of electric-powered cars, so much that she worked to provide a $7,500 federal tax credit on all plug-in electric vehicles, back in 2007.
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