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Nissan donates two all-electric LEAFs to Ohio State's College of Engineering

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COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Nissan has donated two LEAF electric cars to The Ohio State University for use by students in its Center for Aviation Studies. These all-electric vehicles will be available for transportation from the main campus to the university's airport.

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Nissan donates two all-electric LEAFs to Ohio State's College of Engineering (Photo: Business Wire)

Nissan donates two all-electric LEAFs to Ohio State's College of Engineering (Photo: Business Wire)

"The generous donation by Nissan for these incredibly efficient vehicles allows us to provide a practical alternative mode of transportation between campus and our airport," said Center for Aviation Studies director Seth Young. "More than 100 students each semester make the 16-mile round trip multiple times weekly as they transit from their classes on campus to their flight courses, research activities and jobs at the airport. The LEAFs will be a tremendous benefit to our students and staff."

This vehicle donation comes on the heels of the addition of five fast chargers in and around Columbus as a part of its EV Advantage Program, which aims to enhance the charging infrastructure landscape with more public fast chargers in easily accessible locations throughout the U.S. These quick chargers can charge the Nissan LEAF up to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. The Center for Aviation Studies and The Ohio State University Airport have also contributed to the installation of two electric vehicle chargers at the airport to support the campus-airport shuttle service.

"With the addition of these Nissan LEAF electric vehicles and fast chargers, Ohio State and the Columbus area have quickly become EV-friendly communities," said Andrew Speaker, director, Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing. "These LEAF vehicles not only fulfill a transportation need, but they also allow students and faculty to experience firsthand the benefits of going electric, including LEAF's lower operating costs and fun-to-drive nature."

Nissan is the global leader in EVs with more than 188,000 LEAF sales globally and more than 84,000 in the U.S. The new 2016 Nissan LEAF boasts an EPA-rated* driving range of 107 miles on a fully charged battery and a starting price of less than $30,000**.

Nissan LEAF, powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor, provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience, as well as lower maintenance costs and less scheduled maintenance. The all-electric Nissan LEAF is offered in three trim levels, and shoppers can choose from a variety of available premium features such as leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and 7-speaker BOSE® energy efficient audio system.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About Ohio State's Center for Aviation Studies

Aviation education at Ohio State dates back to 1917, when the university opened its School of Aeronautics to provide training for military aviation operations. The university's aviation programs are managed today out of its Center for Aviation Studies, established in 2011 and awarded the nation's most outstanding collegiate aviation program in 2015 by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association.

*2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate Nissan LEAF 2016 S Trim 126 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 126 MPGe measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPGe in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. 2016 EPA range of 84 miles. 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate Nissan LEAF 2016 SV & SL Trim: 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 124 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 124 MPGe measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPGe in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. 2016 EPA range of 107 miles.

**2016 Nissan LEAF as low as $21,510 net value after maximum federal tax credit of $7,500 for S grade. MSRP $29,010 for S grade. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and spec are subject to change without notice. Excludes tax, title, license and destination charges. The incentive referenced is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. All persons considering use of available incentives should consult with their own tax or legal professional to determine eligibility, specific amount of incentives available, if any, and further details. Destination and handling $850.

Nissan Corporate Communications
Paige Presley, 615-725-6021
Paige.Presley@Nissan-USA.com
or
The Ohio State University College of Engineering
Matt Schutte, 614-247-6445
Director of Communications
schutte.9@osu.edu

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