Nissan announced that by introducing the LEAF, the automaker becomes the first to sell a 100% electric vehicle in Mexico. Initially, the LEAFs will be sold there through Nissan's certified dealership network located in Mexico City.
Presales started last week and will continue until the LEAF's arrival on June 30.
Interesting is the price point of 545,400.00! Thank god this is in Mexican pesos, which brings the price to approx. $42,220 in U.S. dollars. Still high, but for consolation the LEAF in Mexico seems to be better equipped:
“In Mexico, the Nissan LEAF will be available in a unique version with Around View Monitor that allows a panoramic view around the car, "B Mode driving" that allows power renewal almost immediately after the throttle is removed, a fast-charging port that allows a recharge of 80 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes, leather seats, a 7-inch touch screen, and many other features.”
Airton Cousseau, CEO of Nissan Mexicana stated:
"Nissan LEAF is a reality in the Mexican market. We are proud to be the pioneer company to introduce the first zero-emissions vehicle leader in sales worldwide in Mexico. This release represents an honor for us and recognizes a milestone in the history of innovation in Nissan, a cornerstone of our business strategy."
Alejandro Viveros, senior manager of the zero-emissions business unit remarked:
"Many of the 115,000 LEAF users have expressed the thrill of driving an electric vehicle. Having a Nissan LEAF is a totally fun and satisfying experience that now Mexican customers can enjoy."
The second announcement is on Nissan and the Government of the State of Morelos initiative to establish the first electric corridor in Latin America between Mexico City and Cuernavaca. Mexico City in the near future should get charging zones with charging stations in Colonia Roma, Colonia Del Valle, Coyoacan, Polanco, Santa Fe, Ciudad Satelite, Altavista and San Angel.
Jorge Vallejo, director of external relations and government affairs for Nissan in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean commented:
"The main goal of this infrastructure is to increase the offer of charging stations to increase the confidence and safety when driving an electric vehicle, with the benefit of a responsible social change. We understand the anxiety that driving an electric vehicle can cause without the proper infrastructure in each city, and the most important and positive fact is that every Nissan LEAF user has the chance to charge the vehicle at home."