HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nissan announced Tuesday that Hawaii will be one of the first states to get its all-electric car. The company says it chose Hawaii as a launch market for the Leaf because of the state's commitment to clean energy.
"As part of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's goal of moving towards 70% clean energy by 2030, we believe that the introduction and expansion of electric vehicles will give consumers more choices and reduce our state's over dependence on fossil fuels," said Director, State Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Theodore Liu.
"The introduction of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle will build on Hawaii's progress to end our state's over-reliance on imported fossil fuels and increase our energy security," said Governor Linda Lingle.
The car will sell for about $33,000, but buyers can receive a tax credit of $7,500. The Leaf will be available in Hawaii in January 2011.