Nissan has nominated Hawaii to be one of its initial launch markets in the U.S. for 2011. The Japanese auto manufacturer and the State of Hawaii are working on a partnership aimed to promote the development and expanding of an electric vehicle network. Thanks to this co-operation, the brand will make its highly anticipated all-electric, eco-friendly Nissan LEAF available to Hawaiian buyers.

The eco ride has been already price tagged with MSRP of $32,780. With fully eligible federal tax credit of $7,500, the Nissan LEAF's lease price will begin at $349 per month.

Boasting a fuel cost of 5 cents per mile, the Interest in the LEAF is so high that Nissan began accepting reservations earlier this month. In the U.S., more than 8,200 people have reserved a Nissan LEAF.

Governor Linda Lingle shares: "We appreciate Nissan's recognition of Hawaii as a global model for electric vehicles and a leader in clean energy. 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."

"Nissan is looking forward to bringing the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the people of Hawaii," says Brian Carolin, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America. "Through its work in fostering zero-emissions mobility throughout the state, Hawaii is demonstrating that it is EV-ready. These efforts, along with strong consumer interest, led us to name Hawaii as an early launch market for the Nissan LEAF."

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