Saturday, November 14, 2009

Nissan All-Electric Leaf Is On Tour, Goes on Sale December 2010

The Nissan Leaf all-electric five-passenger, five-door, gasoline-free car made its North American debut in Los Angeles on Friday November 13th at Dodger Stadium during the day and at a media bash in Santa Monica at night. The Nissan LEAF Zero Emission North American Tour goes from L.A. to the San Francisco Auto Show that starts November 26th, making stops in 22 cities, in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Vancouver, Canada.

The in-house developed electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm for high response and powerful acceleration. The 24kWh laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor without compromising cabin or cargo space. The regenerative brake system is employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160km or about 100 miles under a full charge under average, everyday driving conditions. Top speed is 90 miles an hour.

Nissan North America will begin taking reservations for LEAF in spring 2010 with the launch expected in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe.