By GreenCompany | August 3, 2009
Coming late 2010 to the United States, Europe and Japan will be the zero-emission car the Nissan LEAF. Sporting a lithium-ion battery powered chassis, this medium-sized hatchback can seat five and has a total travel range of some 160 kilometers. There is no word yet if this zero-emission car will be initially offered in Canada as well, or that it will come later.
Nissan has poured decades worth of investment and research into creating the LEAF. It will be affordably priced, shows itself off with a distinctive design and comes with what Nissan calls Connected Mobility, their advanced intelligent transportation system. Like the leaf from nature, the LEAF by Nissan is meant to embody the purity of removing emissions.
Since the LEAF is a zero-emissions vehicle it will qualify for the new local, provincial and federal tax breaks being offered to consumers for choosing such vehicles.
Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn said of the new LEAF, “Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride. We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality.”
The lithium-ion batteries powering the LEAF deliver over 90kW of power. The electric motor will deliver 80kW or 280Nm. This high power output will keep smiles on the faces of those expecting the same performance of similar sized gasoline powered vehicles. There will be no tail pipe on the LEAF. The ability to travel 160km on a single charge means this new vehicle can satisfy the regular driving needs of some 70 per cent world’s driving public. A quick charger will charge the on-board batteries to some 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes. To fully charge all one needs is a 200V outlet and it will take only eight hours.
The LEAF is Nissan’s first offering amongst the company’s upcoming line of electric vehicles. The LEAF will be manufactured at Appama Japan. There will be further planning for manufacturing capacity at Smyrna Tennessee. The lithium-ion batteries used by the LEAF are produced in Zama Japan. Further sites are being explored for the manufacturing of the lithium-ion batteries.