The Nissan LEAF will be making its South African debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October 2013, going on sale to the public at the same time. Having sold over 75,000 units worldwide since its international launch in 2010, the South African launch will pave the way for other EVs to enter the market in the future, according to the automaker.
Managing Director of Nissan South Africa Mike Whitfield noted: "The launch of the Nissan LEAF in South Africa will be a ground-breaking event this year as it brings about the dawn of a new era of motoring. Nissan is the first brand to explore EV retail in South Africa and we are extremely proud to be able to say 'we were first'."
The Nissan LEAF was piloted in programs with Eskom – the national electricity supplier – the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA).