Nissan Leaf Tour Hits Chicago This Weekend
Nissan’s new all electric vehicle,the Leaf, is on a cross-country promotional tour of the U.S. and has just rolled into Chicago.
Chicago drivers get their chance to take a Leaf for a test spin this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and see for themselves how a car that never has to gas up performs on the streets of the Windy City.
The Leaf tour crew is based at the East Museum parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field and based on the response from previous tour dates, the Nissan people are expecting a solid turnout.
“We’re expecting a huge crowd,” says Charles Ostezan, Account Supervisor for GMR Marketing a firm helping coordinate the Leaf Tour event. “Whenever you put something exotic or new out, people get excited. No where else can you drive an electric car unless you own one already.”
Ostezan reports Illinois Governor Pat Quinn got a chance behind the wheel of a Leaf Thursday, with the Governor’s security detail following “in a blacked out Ford Crown Vic.”
“He (Quinn) had a great reaction (to his test drive),” says Ostezan.
While the Leaf has been available in the U.S. to a few select markets, local Nissan dealers began taking orders on August 4th, with the cars showing up in buyer driveways in April of next year according to Ostezan.
The Leaf’s retail pricing start at $32,700 and can travel between 50 to just over 100 miles on a single battery charge.
Chicago drivers interested in taking the Leaf on a test drive can either register online via the Drive Nissan Leaf website or just show up at the event.
“You don’t have to pre-register,” says Oztezan. “When an open spot becomes available, we’ll fit you right in.”
On Friday and Saturday, event hours are from 9 AM to 8 PM, and on Sunday from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Interested drivers must bring a valid drivers license to the event in order to take a test drive.