Soon, Nissan will be turning over a new leaf–their Leaf electric plug-in, specifically–in Hawaii. The Aloha State has entered into a partnership with Nissan North America to promote the development of electric vehicles, and an electric-vehicle charging network, throughout its associated islands.
The partnership was announced at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo in Honolulu, an event highlighting Hawaii as a leading incubators for clean technology development through strategic partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations, U.S. military energy programs and the Hawaiian Electric Industries. The Nissan LEAF, billed as “the world’s first affordable, zero-emission, all-electric vehicle for the mass market,” will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011.
Thanks to the state, Hawaiians will have some sweet incentives to purchase a Leaf when it hits the market, as this agreement creates a $4,500 state tax credit towards the purchase of an electric vehicle and a $500 state tax credit towards the purchase and installation of a home charging station. These credits, paired with an available $7,500 federal tax credit, could bring the price of a Nissan LEAF (MSRP $32,780) down to a cool $20,780 for residents of the state.
“Nissan is a global leader in electric vehicles, and the state of Hawaii has shown similar leadership through its progressive policies and focus on clean energy,” said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, in a statement. “Hawaii’s drivers share that commitment, as demonstrated by their strong interest in the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, zero-emission vehicle, which arrives in Hawaii in January.”