In June 2011, under beautiful blue Colorado skies at the 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, veteran Nissan off-road truck racing champion Chad Hord, and the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF, made history as the first winners of the Electric Production Class. Under very different weather conditions, with the forecast predicting eight- to ten-inches of snow in the Denver area, the Nissan LEAF made history again on Dec. 22. Derek Passarelli, an attorney with the Department of Energy's Colorado field office, purchased a Nissan LEAF at family-owned Empire-Lakewood Nissan, commemorating the first sale of the vehicle in the state of Colorado. "I'm buying the Nissan LEAF because I would like to walk-the-talk for what I do at work, and I believe in this," said Passarelli. Today, after a year on the market, more than 10000 Nissan LEAFs are on the road in the United States. Most sales have taken place in the first seven launch states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington) but interest from consumers has been national. Nissan recently began taking orders in additional markets -- 30 states in all and the LEAF will be available nationally by summer 2012.
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