The world’s first zero-emission car, the 2011 Nissan Leaf, is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles.
Nissan Leaf is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm.
Unlike internal-combustion engine equipped vehicles, Nissan Leaf’s powertrain has no tailpipe, and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases. A combination of Nissan Leaf’s regenerative braking system and lithium-ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 100 miles on one full charge.
Nissan’s approach makes charging easy and convenient. Nissan Leaf can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger. Charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours — ample time to enable an overnight refresh for consumer and car alike.
The 2011 Nissan Leaf first will be available to consumers in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas are home to The EV Project, a partnership with charging infrastructure provider ECOtality and partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Nissan Leaf will be introduced to Texas and Hawaii shortly thereafter, in January 2011; North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama follow in April 2011; and be rolled-out to the balance of the nation beginning in Fall 2011 with availability in all markets nationwide by the end of that year.
Base model estimated mpg: (kW-hrs/100 miles) 32/37
Estimated starting price: $33,000
Compiled by Motor Matters

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