Sunday, April 17, 2011

Nissan Leaf New Cars

The Nissan Leaf, an electric car that is set to show the true potential of the North American and European zero emissions car market, is rapidly approaching it’s North American debut. The 100% electric car is powered by a lithium-ion battery array and has a range of 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge. The 80 kW (110 hp)/280 Nm (210 lbft) electric motor can propel the Leaf up to a highway friendly top speed of over 140 km/h (87 mph), this combined with the range should be more than enough for the overwhelming majority of drivers. With a 480 volt power supply the Leaf can be quick charged to 80% in about 30 minutes, unfortunately most homes don’t feature this relatively high level voltage, so owners will be using the slower 220 or 110 volt recharge (4 hours and 16 hours respectively). The Nissan Leaf is set to cost $25,280 (after a tax credit) which puts it squarely in the Prius market.

The interest already registered in the Leaf has been overwhelming and has sparked concern over lithium-ion battery supply, taking into account the rapidly approaching Chevy Volt release as well as the continued demand from the Prius and laptop/cell phone sales.

Nissan Leaf Gallery
Nissan Leaf Classic Images
Nissan Leaf Back View
Nissan Leaf Interior View
Nissan Leaf Pictures


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