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Nissan will officially be the first major automaker to begin widespread sales of an all-electric car. The Nissan Leaf was unveiled to the press for the first time this weekend. The Los Angeles Times notes, "Depending on how you define your terms, the Leaf will be the first mass-market EV sold in the U.S. since the 1920s."
Autoblog reports, "Designed as a four-to-five seat, front-drive C-segment hatchback, Nissan says the Leaf is not just for use as a specialty urban runabout, but rather, it was designed as an everyday vehicle - a 'real car' whose 160-kilometer+ (100 mile) range meets the needs of 70% of the world's motorists." The Leaf looks a bit like a Nissan Versa hatchback, with a shorter nose (electric motors take up less space than gasoline engines) and a roofline reminiscent of the Murano SUV.
Inside, Autoblog says, "The interior is at once handsome and spacious, with what appears to be plenty of room both front and rear for real-sized adults, and the cargo area is very deep, as it is unencumbered by a gas tank assembly (the batteries are mounted beneath the seats within the wheelbase)."
Edmunds Inside Line explains, "The five-seat, electric-blue Leaf hatchback is to be launched in select U.S. and Japanese markets next year to begin what Nissan hopes will become an era of global leadership for the company in a growing EV market." The car has, according to Nissan engineers, "a top speed of 90 mph, a range of 100 miles per charge with a 30-minute recharge where quick-charging stations are available (6 hours with a 220-volt current) and seat cushion-compressing acceleration that will launch it from zero to 30 mph faster than an Infiniti G37, thanks to 207 pound-feet of torque from its 80 kilowatt (107 horsepower) electric motor."
As for final pricing, The L.A. Times notes, "Nissan officials have quietly hinted at a price less than $30,000 retail (that's before any tax credits), the goal being to make the EV a no-cost option. That would be the LEAF's greatest trick." A government tax rebate of up to $7,500 for electric vehicles, signed into law last year, will probably apply to the Leaf, theoretically knocking its price down into the mid-$20,000 range.
Nissan is the only automaker committed to making all-electric vehicles available
to the mass market on a global scale. Through the Nissan LEAF Zero Emission
Tour, Nissan will be showcasing the electric vehicle and battery technology as
well as the company's zero-emission mobility objectives. Nissan already has
partnered on the development of an electric-vehicle infrastructure through
partnerships in the State of Tennessee, the State of Oregon, Sonoma County, San
Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., Seattle, Raleigh, and Vancouver.
Additional partnerships will be announced in the near future.
Q: How far can you drive on a single charge?
A: The LEAF will have a range of 100 miles per charge under average, everyday driving conditions.
Q: How long does it take to charge the battery? A: The battery will charge in 4-8 hours on a 220V home charging unit. At quick-charge stations, it will charge to 80% in about 26 minutes.
Q: What is the acceleration and top speed of this car? A: The LEAF handles and accelerates like a V6 car and has a top speed of up to 90mph.
Q: When will the LEAF be available in the U.S.? A: The LEAF will be on the road in some states in 2010. Mass-production will begin in 2012.
More information is available HERE about the Nissan Leaf