Houston, January 26, 2011 — Nissan North America, Inc. brought sustainable mobility to Texas with the arrival of the state's first all-electric Nissan LEAF.
The Sauers family took delivery of their blue Nissan LEAF SL at Clear Lake Nissan of League City, Texas. This delivery follows last month's deliveries in Northern and Southern California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.
Jimmy Sauers, along with his wife Christie and their three daughters, live in Seabrook, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Jimmy is an engineer and analyst for Reliant Energy while Christie is an engineer for NASA.
"Electricity is the new fuel for cars, and the Nissan LEAF has the potential to transform the automotive industry and the way people drive," said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas. "Starting today, drivers in Houston have the freedom to choose a future that produces zero tailpipe emissions, moves away from our dependence on fossil fuels and represents the end of trips to the gas station. This Nissan LEAF delivery signifies the dawn of a movement that brings sustainable mobility to within our grasp."
In November 2009 Nissan announced that it was entering into an agreement with the retail electric provider, Reliant Energy of Houston to advance zero-emission mobility.
A similar partnership with the city of Houston was formed in February 2010 that also helped pave the way for the introduction of the Nissan LEAF in Texas.
NRG Energy, Inc., the parent company of Reliant Energy, recently launched a comprehensive electric vehicle charging ecosystem in Houston called eVgo. The Sauers have chosen eVgo's Mobile Plan and Reliant's EV Owner's Plan for their new Nissan LEAF providing them with power for their home charger and unlimited access to the city's charging ecosystem.
Nissan is on track for a nationwide launch of the Nissan LEAF by 2012, with Hawaii next to roll out later this month. In order to fulfill interest and meet demand in initial launch markets, Nissan plans to reopen reservations in the first half of 2011 as well as shift timing of additional markets until the second half of 2011.