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USA: Five 24kWh lithium ion batteries from old Nissan Leafs store electricity for Nissan’s test solar powered electric vehicle charging stations.

Consumers will be able to put in their orders on July 25.
Nissan Motors workers installing components into a Leaf electric vehicle on the assembly line in Japan. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) (AFP PHOTO / FILES / KAZUHIRO NOGI)

By Julie Wernau
Tribune staff reporter
1:27 p.m. CDT, July 19, 2011
Chicago’s efforts to convince auto manufacturers that that the city is worthy of the electric vehicle have paid off.

The first wave of consumers in Illinois will able to order the Nissan Leaf July 25, earlier than the automaker planned, and the first time that Chicagoans will be able to buy mass-marketed vehicles that run without gasoline at their local auto dealers.

Elections The rollout will also test whether Chicagoans are ready to take the leap away from gasoline.

The state has invested heavily in stations that can charge an electric in 15 minutes, and the Leaf is one of the few vehicles on the market compatible with the technology.
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