Automotive History Turns Over a New (Nissan) Leaf Today

The New Leaf (AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)

Olivier Chalouhi. Remember that name.

Sometime this morning, a car dealer in Petaluma, California, will hand Mr. Chalouhi the keys to his new Nissan Leaf, and the young Silicon Valley tech-exec will drive off the lot and into our collective auto future.

His new car is the first all-electric Nissan Leaf sold — and delivered — in the United States.

It’s not, of course, the first EV on the streets.

The Tesla Roadster has been out for some time. And there are other limited production EVs around. What makes this different is the numbers. By the end of 2011, Nissan plans on putting 50,000 Leafs on the American road. Another number: including rebates and tax credits, the basic Leaf costs just $20,280.

[The full article appears on my Forbes.com blog, Edison 2.0.]

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