Nissan Leaf To Be First Mass-Produced EV Sold In Puerto Rico

An online newspaper report from Puerto Rico indicates Nissan will begin sales today of its all-electric Leaf.

From now through July 31 pre-orders are being accepted with first deliveries expected in August. Orders are being taken by Nissan dealer, Adriel Auto in the town of Toa Baja, which is west of San Juan.

The entry level S trim level Leaf starts at a higher-than-mainland-U.S.-price of $33,480.

A new law, 81-2014, was approved July 2 to reimburse 100-percent of the import tariffs for every eligible new-tech vehicle. For the Leaf, this is estimated at $7,070.76, or approximately 21 percent.

The purpose of the law is obviously to promote environmentally friendly technologies.

Presently, Puerto Rico is one location Chevrolet has not sent the Volt or Spark EV to, Tesla does not officially sell its Model S there yet, but tropical climates are ideal for electrified cars, and Nissan will be the first mass-produced EV with more brands expected.

Reportedly BMW aims to bring its i3 to Puerto Rico in time as well, but alternative energy fans have been otherwise nearly shut out from choices available now, and looked-forward-to in the mainland U.S. and other markets.

An article in Spanish from the largest local newspaper, El Nuevo Dia says there are 52 level 2 chargers planted, but PlugShare says there are 11.

According to GM-Volt.com regular commenter, and Puerto Rico-based retired engineer, Raymondjram, there is an agreement between power utility company PREPA and Nissan to install more stations, including a Level 3 station. These will use the CHAdeMO connector standard Nissan has adopted.

To see the entire news report, if you do not read Spanish, try using Google Translate and drop in the text of the Spanish-language news piece linked here.

Or, of course, if you read Spanish, just click on the Web site’s link!