Updated: Saturday, 18 Dec 2010, 11:01 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 18 Dec 2010, 8:07 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin drivers got a chance to take the new Nissan Leaf for a spin this weekend.
Nissan took over a parking lot at The Domain shopping center and set up what they call an "experiential center" that lets people see the inner-workings of the electric car model, as well as get behind the wheel and test-drive it.
Nissan says the fully-electric Leaf can get up to 93 mph on the highway.
"It's a real car," said Rob Maas from Nissan. "That's mostly the first statement out of anyone."
The Leaf sells for about $33,000 dollars but Maas said government rebates can chop about $7,000 off that price.
People who were at the demonstration on Saturday said they were curious, one man said he cares about the environment but wouldn't neccesarily call himself a "tree-hugger."
"I think I'm an 'environmentalist' but I think everybody, at some level is, right?" said Dan McQueen. "None of us want to destroy the earth."
McQueen said he'd definitely buy a Leaf, if he could.
"The first 20,000 have already been claimed," McQueen said. "The next 50,000 aren't coming out until 2012 ... they're taking reservations, it'll be a long wait!"
The demonstration at the Domain continues Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Leaf is one of six electric car models slated to hit the U.S. market in 2011. Some come from major car-makers like Chevy and Ford, others are from smaller, independent companies.
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