The all electric Nissan Leaf is now available in seven new states, bringing the total to 30, including New Jersey, where it is sold. The additional states are Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. This is good news for Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, which are members of the Transportation and Climate Initiative planning for an Electric Vehicle (EV) Network across the Northeast.

The proposed EV Network is intended to enable EV drivers to be able to use their vehicles easily throughout the Northeast from northern New England to Washington, D.C. In addition, it hopes to attract private investment with consistent standards and regulations across the region. The project will develop a plan and guidance documents for the development of a network of charging stations.

On September 22, 2011, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which includes New Jersey as a member, was awarded a federal grant of nearly $1 million to start planning the EV Network. According to Commissioner Martin, "Improving air quality in New Jersey is a top priority of the Christie Administration. But in addition to helping us reduce auto emissions and improving the health of our residents, this new network will provide an economic boost to the State through the creation of new green jobs in research and production of electric cars and electric vehicle infrastructure."

Nissan expects to make the Leaf available in all 50 states by March of 2012, too late for the federal tax incentive for plug in electric vehicles scheduled to expire at the end of December 2011.

Susanne Peticolas is a Director in the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department.