In October you will be able to get behind the wheel of the Nissan Leaf
, the first mass-produced all-electric car in Halifax. O'Regan's Nissan Halifax
(3461 Kempt Road, 453-2020) will be the only dealership in Atlantic Canada to have a model in stock that you can take for a test drive. Unfortunately, buying one won't be as simple. If you're interested, go to nissan.ca/leaf to register and pay a $99 deposit. Your name will go on a list for available vehicles. There are 600 earmarked for Canada from the only plant in the world producing the vehicles, located in Japan. By the 2012 there'll be three plants making them, and 2012 is when we can expect to see them showing up on Halifax streets. They'll retail in the $39,000 range, but Ontario and Quebec already have rebates in place to bring that cost down by approximately $8,000, a rebate we should see in Nova Scotia next year. As to whether the electric car is actually more environmentally friendly in a province that gets most of its electricity from coal-powered plants is a whole other discussion entirely.