HARTFORD, CT - Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell on Sept. 28 welcomed the all-electric Nissan Leaf to Connecticut with the signing of a collaborative agreement to help advance electric vehicles in the state.

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) President and COO Jeff Butler joined Rell along with representatives of Nissan North America at a ceremony at the Connecticut Science Center. During the event, Rell lauded the launch of Nissan's battery-powered car.

The Nissan Leaf goes on sale in limited markets in December and will be available nationwide some time in 2011.

"The inclusion of Connecticut in the launch of the Nissan Leaf recognizes our commitment to clean energy and the culmination of our work to prepare the state for the next generation of electric vehicles," Rell said.

As a member of the Governor's Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council, CL&P has been studying and testing charging infrastructure and encouraging automakers to include Connecticut in their electric vehicle launch plans.