While Bryan was in his C-Bus Basic Training session on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, we received an e-mail from Nissan notifying us to select a Nissan dealer from which to order our Nissan LEAF. Mike Calise, EVadvise, was driving Bryan home from San Jose Airport (SJC) on March 1, 2011 when they saw their first Nissan LEAF driving in the Bay Area.
Ordering Our Nissan LEAF
We reserved a Nissan LEAF on July 31, 2010 and now we are in the queue to actually order the vehicle. On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, Nissan sent us an e-mail to notifiy us to visit a dealer and order our vehicle through that dealer. Although we met with Stevens Creek Nissan on Sunday, November 21, 2010, we decided to order our LEAF through Premier Nissan of San Jose.
Bryan drove over to Premier Nissan and met with Wilson Bui, who is responsible for internet and fleet sales. Wilson walked Bryan through the vehicle options and showed us that our application had been approved to participate in ‘The EV Project‘ and to have a Blink Home Charger installed in our garage. As well, our LEAF will have a quick charge port included at no additional charge (normally $700) so our LEAF can be charged with a 400 volt DC device, which can fully charge a LEAF in under 30 minutes.
Given the massive earthquake in Japan, we are concerned that it will delay the manufacturing and delivery of our Nissan LEAF. Of course, that is irrelevant to the thousands of people that died and have had their homes destroyed by the earthquake and resulting tsunami.
Meeting with Wilson Bui at Premier Nissan of San Jose
Wilson was very helpful and, after Bryan confirmed his order with Nissan, Wilson provided some interesting data on electric vehicles in the Bay Area. First, Wilson showed Bryan a video clip on electric vehicles that aired on ABC News Channel 7 on Friday, March 9, 2011.
(Wilson appears at 31 seconds in the video).
ABC News Channel 7 compared the Nissan LEAF to the Chevrolet Volt in this episode on February 28, 2011:
Bryan asked about the sales volume and the timing from reservation, to order, to delivery of a LEAF. Wilson explained that we are the 101st customer to place an order for a LEAF with Premier Nissan. Also, he provided delivery statistics, which shows that 2 LEAFs were delivered in February and that 4 will be delivered in March, 20 in April and 25 in May. (The video clip from ABC News Channel 7 showed the delivery of the very first LEAF through the Premier Nissan of San Jose dealership.) After going into the on-line system, Wilson said the timing will be accelerated with the April and May scheduled deliveries being pulled into March and April.
Interestingly, Bryan spotted a friend in Los Gatos, Marc Jenson, who should receive delivery of his LEAF at the end of March. Marc and his wife, Monique, attended the EVent hosted by Mike and Donna Calise on September 18, 2010. (Mike is with EVadvise.)
Wilson described an additional benefit of purchasing a LEAF in San Jose – the City of San Jose provides free parking for 100% electric vehicles (e.g., Nissan LEAFs) at all of its public parking locations. These parking locations include garages and metered parking on city streets.
Finally, as Bryan was leaving the dealership, Wilson showed Bryan the two electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot and explained that Premier Nissan provides free electric vehicle charging 7×24 for its customers.
Way cool …