Nissan is featuring a local Long Islander in a video about the electric LEAF; and how owning one can take the pressure off finding gasoline in a pinch, like during the aftermath of the super storm that recently hit the New York/New Jersey area.
According to Nissan: Once Sandy hit, offices, homes and subways flooded. Trees tore through structures, and even now with much of the electrical power restored and debris removed, it is not easy to get gas. Long lines at filling stations are forming all across the area. Even at two in the morning, vehicles are backed up for miles.
"I didn't realize I would be the only one driving for a couple of days and everybody else would be just in a tough position," said LEAF owner Varun Bhatiaof Long Island, New York.
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Bhatia had his 2012 Nissan LEAF shipped from Washington State so he could be among the first in New York to own the fully electric car. He said he bought the car because of the way it drives and feels on the road, but now he has a new appreciation for not needing gas.
"I never thought we would have a fuel shortage because that didn't happen last year. We actually had a very big storm, more water last year. And I didn't realize New Jersey got so hit that they couldn't get fuel out of there," said Bhatia.
It looks as if Nissan is taking advantage of having the proverbial shoe on the other foot, and using gas-anxiety as a reason to buy an electric car.