On August 1st in Japan Nissan unveiled its all new global production pure electric car to the world.
The car known as the Nissan LEAF is slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe. The LEAF will use Nissan's proprietary 24 kwh laminate lithium ion battery pack and an 80 kw electric motor. It will have at top speed of 90 MPH and a driving range of more than 100 miles.
Although pricing is not yet given Nissan states the car will be "competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle."
Home 220 V charging will take about 8 hours, and the car is capable of receiving a fast-charge of 80% in 30 minutes at available high-power stations.
Nissan has uniquely designed the car to appear "special" yet have mainstream appeal. Unique blue tone LED headlights use only 10% the energy of typical headlamps and also act to split the air and direct it away from the side mirrors, reducing drag.
The car utilizes an advanced wireless IT system that keeps the car connected to a global command center to provide "support, information, and entertainment for drivers 24 hours a day."
"Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment - one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride," said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality - the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero - not simply reduced - emissions. It's the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey - for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry."
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08.02.2009 , YOKOHAMA
NISSAN UNVEILS “LEAF” – THE WORLD’S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR DESIGNED FOR AFFORDABILITY AND REAL-WORLD REQUIREMENTS
Event ushers in a new era for Nissan and a new era for mobility
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.
Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era. The car is the embodiment of Nissan’s radical, transformative vision for the future and the culmination of decades of investment and research.
“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality – the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions. It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.”
Key characteristics of the LEAF include:
1. Zero-emission power train and platform
2. Affordable pricing
3. Distinctive design
4. Real-world range autonomy – 160km (100 miles)
5. Connected Mobility: Advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system
The “LEAF” name is a significant statement about the car itself. Just as leaves purify the air in nature, so Nissan LEAF purifies mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. Pricing details will be announced closer to start of sales in late 2010; however, the company expects the car to be competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle. Additionally, Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify for an array of significant local, regional and national tax breaks and incentives in markets around the world. As an added benefit, because the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than a traditional gasoline-powered car, Nissan LEAF is designed to be friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment.