Mexico's a big country, with almost 120 million people. So it's a shame that until now, no major plug-in vehicle manufacturer was selling its EVs in the country as a whole (there are no doubt exceptions on a smaller scale). This has just changed thanks to Nissan; the Japanese company has announced that the LEAF electric car will officially go on sale in Mexico on June 30, 2014, with pre-orders available until then. Nissan has already sold over 115,000 LEAFs around the world.
There will even be a unique version of the LEAF available, with a special 'Around View Monitor' that gives the driver a view around the car on a LCD screen thanks to a bunch of cameras. The Mexican LEAF will also have a fast-charging port that allows a recharge of 80% of the battery in just 30 minutes, which is very nice for when you need to take a longer road trip than the single-charge range of the car.
Nissan's timing is good because Mexico city has plans to install charging stations in various parts of the city (Colonia Roma, Colonia Del Valle, Coyoacan, Polanco, Santa Fe, Ciudad Satelite, Altavista and San Angel).
"The main goal of this infrastructure is to increase the offer of charging stations to increase the confidence and safety when driving an electric vehicle, with the benefit of a responsible social change," said Jorge Vallejo, director of external relations and government affairs for Nissan in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. "We understand the anxiety that driving an electric vehicle can cause without the proper infrastructure in each city, and the most important and positive fact is that every Nissan LEAF user has the chance to charge the vehicle at home."
This could help with Mexico's air pollution problems...