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Nissan Leaf Now Available Nationwide

The 2012 Nissan Leaf became available to customers nationwide Thursday, after previously being available in only 29 states and the District of Columbia. Nissan says in a press release that this final U.S. market expansion makes the Leaf “the only electric car ever to be available nationwide.”

Car and Driver says, “The latest expansion begins with an invitation to initiate the ordering process sent exclusively to reservation holders in the newly serviced states. A week from now, anyone in the new markets will be able to order a Leaf.” Nissan says that customers in the new states will be able to take delivery of their new Leaf models starting this summer.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf can travel up to 73 miles on a fully-charged battery, according to the EPA. Charging time varies depending on what kind of power source you’re using. It can take as long as 20 hours to charge the Leaf using a 110-volt home outlet, seven hours using a 240-volt home charging station or 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge at a public quick-charging station.

To locate the nearest public charging stations, Leaf owners can use the in-car telematics system called Carwings or a smartphone app called ChargePoint, which allows users to see directions to the nearest charging station, availability and pricing. The U.S. Department of Energy’s website also lists all the available charging stations within any given radius.

The 2012 Nissan Leaf starts at $35,200, and buyers may be eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits.

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