Electric car Nissan LEAF Eligible for $8,500 Incentive in Ontario

With these incentives, Nissan LEAF – the world’s first mass-marketed all-electric, real world car – will be eligible for the maximum incentive of $8,500.

"We are extremely pleased the Province of Ontario has taken this important step to promote zero-emission mobility and solidify its commitment to a greener Ontario," said Mark McDade, Director of Marketing with Nissan Canada. "As manufacturers ramp up production of electric vehicles, incentives like this are an important way to ensure they can compete with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles that already have the cost benefits of mass production."

The provincial incentives will range between $5,000 and $8,500, depending on the size of the battery the vehicle uses. With a 24 kWh battery, Nissan LEAF is eligible for the full amount.

"At Nissan our goal is to be the leader in zero-emission mobility and with the Nissan LEAF, we are well on our way," added McDade. "Nissan LEAF is a car with lithium ion batteries built for the real-world with comfortable seating for five, lots of cargo space and industry-leading technology, which will be offered at an affordable price. Those who choose zero-emission mobility will not need to compromise."

Nissan Canada recently launched the consumer website www.nissan.ca/LEAF and to date, over 2,500 Canadian "handraisers" have signed up to receive news related to the Nissan LEAF.

Nissan LEAF will be available in the United States, Japan and parts of Europe later this year and will arrive in parts of Canada by the end of 2011. Mass-marketing of Nissan LEAF will begin in 2012.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff.

There are 156 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling.