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First 2 Nissan LEAFs delivered in Puerto Rico

The first two Nissan LEAF vehicles were sold recently in Puerto Rico.

The first two Nissan LEAF vehicles were sold recently in Puerto Rico.

Nissan announced Wednesday it has delivered the first two Nissan LEAF all-electric vehicles, appropriately, to a family-owned business dedicated to renewable energy projects.

“We were very anxious for the arrival of the LEAF.  Nissan decided to bring them here and we were delighted to make the purchase. The vehicle has given us excellent results,” said Victor González, owner of Windmar Renewable Energy Inc.

The Nissan LEAF is now available across the island, and has generated much buzz at dealerships, including Adriel Auto in Toa Baja, the automaker said.

“For Puerto Rico the LEAF is ideal because of the distances we drive on a daily basis. Everyone’s reaction has been incredible. Everyone is very impressed with the car. Since it is 100 percent electric, everyone is very impressed with the vehicle’s performance. It is the perfect vehicle for the island of Puerto Rico,” said González.

Globally, there now are more than 130,000 Nissan LEAFs on the road throughout 35 countries in four continents and now Puerto Rico.

“Solar energy and electric vehicles using such power or other renewable energy make a lot of sense. On an island such as this one, you don’t go too fast or too far. So when we couple the LEAF with our solar panels, like the ones we have in our homes and businesses, the cost of energy needed for the LEAF is greatly reduced,” said González.

Recently, the Nissan LEAF also became available to consumers in Mexico, with the first customer hailing from Mexico City. Around the globe, interest in driving a 100 percent electric vehicle is growing every day.

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Business reporter with 30 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

1 Comment

  1. Kenneth McClintock September 4, 2014

    As Secretary of State, my second term plans, triggered by the agreement signed late in the first term by Gov. Fortuño and Nissan at the Bayamón Sports Complex where Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera installed the first public EV chargers in Puerto Rico, were to buy a Leaf to replace the oldest vehicle used by our messengers and install two charging stations between the Real Intendencia and Diputación Provincial buildings that house our offices, one to charge the department’s Leaf, the other to offer free charges for EV’s owned by our employees in the future.


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