The Nissan LEAF is hailed as being the world's first mainstream EV. We're not here to argue. However, as is the case with anything new, acceptance of the LEAF - and really EV technology - is taking longer than many early adopters might have hoped.
Compared to other new Nissan models such as the Altima, or Rogue, which are available across the U.S., the Nissan LEAF can still be reserved in only 29 American markets, including: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DL, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, LO, MA, MD, MI, NV, NC, NH, NH NY, OH, OR, PE, RI, SC, TN, TX, VG, WA, and Washington, D.C. This isn't to say that drivers outside of these states and district can't order the LEAF; but it certainly doesn't make it easy for them to simply swing by and take a test drive after work.
American drivers are not alone in this quandary, either. Similar challenges surrounding accessing the LEAF can be found across the pond. Nissan, perhaps more than anyone else, is aware of this. And, in an effort to make the LEAF even more mainstream, they're taking matters into their own hands.
With the help of acclaimed rental group Europcar, Nissan is bringing the LEAF to the daily rental market in Paris and London, for the first time ever. The benefit of this decision is three-fold.
First, making the Nissan LEAF available to drivers in Paris and London, will help reduce the cities' overall CO2 levels.Second, interested but skeptical drivers will have the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the LEAF. Third, Europcar will provide Nissan with invaluable consumer feedback. Nissan will then use the data garnered from Europcar's follow-up surveys to help direct the brand's future-gen EVs. That means American drivers will benefit from the program, regardless of whether or not Nissan decides to bring a similar pilot program here.
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