Amy Eichenberger and her new Nissan LEAF

99,999th global Nissan LEAF sold in Virginia to unlikely buyer

A mother of two, she had no plans to even buy a new car, let alone an electric one, but changed her mind when she saw a colleague's LEAF and wondered about the car.

Amy Eichenberger is an architect and project manager at the University of Virginia who oversees major capital investments for the school and a mother of two. At 47 years of age, she wasn't planning on buying a new car anytime soon and was happy commuting in her Mercedes daily.

When a colleague began parking a new Nissan LEAF at the school, she wondered about the new, modern-looking vehicle with its plug-in port. She asked about the car and learned what she could about it and then decided she should go look at one. She went o a local dealership and test drove one. Then she was hooked.

"As an architect, the style first got my attention, and I loved the concept of zero emissions," Amy said. She describes herself as "picky." Quality, safety, a "glide ride" and reliability were at the top of Amy's auto shopping list criteria. "I'd been told once I drove a Mercedes I'd never drive anything else again. I don't need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the LEAF," Amy said.

She then tried some other cars. She tried a VW Jetta TDI, a Toyota Prius, a Honda CRV, and some Subaru products, but always came back to the LEAF. "Everything else seemed stuck in the past," Amy explained.


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So who got the 100000 car then?
A nice British couple: