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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 7, 2009

First electric car stops in Bellevue

Nissan LeafThe Nissan Leaf, the first all-electric car slated for mass production, will be on display in Bellevue Thursday morning, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Bellevue Square, in the Fountain Court in front Macy's.

Bellevue, one of the stops for the "Nissan Leaf Zero Emission Tour," is in one of just five regions nationwide where the car will go on sale in December 2010. Bellevue's Environmental Stewardship Initiative team will be on hand to discuss the city's own green efforts.

The Leaf, a four-door sedan with room for five, can go up to 90 mph. Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, the car can achieve about 100 miles between charges.

The event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy, the Bellevue Collection and the C-7 New Energy Partnership, which includes Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Sammamish. The C7 cities and PSE are working with Nissan to develop a battery-charging station infrastructure in the area for electric cars.

Video of Event posted Dec. 15

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