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Nissan Electric Car - 2011 LEAF
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Nissan Previews Its 2011 LEAF Electric Car In Japan

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - Carlos Ghosn, President & CEO of Nissan Motor Co. was very proud yesterday standing in front of Nissan's first production electric car, the 2011 Nissan LEAF. The LEAF, Nissan says, is the world's first affordable zero emissions car, and it is capable of seating 5 adults and has a range of 160 km (100 miles) on a full charge.

The Nissan LEAF has a production release date for late 2010, and the first sales to customers will commence in Japan, the United States and in Europe. Carlos Ghosn (seen in the photo) says that "the LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment - one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride - the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero - not simply reduced emissions."

Nissan says that the LEAF will be priced competitively in the same range as a well-equipped compact car (C-Range). One of the benefits, Nissan says, of owning a LEAF is that because it has fewer mechanical parts than a conventional car, the maintenance requirements are less costly. Nissan says that the LEAF has a top speed of over 144 km/h (more than 90 mph), and that the Nissan electric car battery pack can be charged in less than 8 hours overnight off a standard home outlet. Nissan also indicates that the advanced technology in the LEAF's new laminated lithium-ion battery pack allows it to be quick charged in less than 30 minutes (to 80% capacity) off a 50kW commercial fast charger. 

Some of the technical details of the Nissan LEAF are that it uses an 80kW AC motor for motive power, and this produces 280 Nm of maximum torque. The laminated lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 24 kWh, with a maximum power output capability of more than 90 kW. The battery pack is made up of 48 separate modules joined together.

Nissan says that their first production electric car is also very aerodynamic, and that the headlamps are specially designed to redirect air by splitting the flow around the side mirrors, so as to reduce drag and improve the cars dynamic efficiency. All of the initial production Nissan LEAF's will be painted in the aqua "Blue Earth" colour (as seen in the photo), which Nissan says signifies the purity associated with water. The LEAF's dashboard and highlights will also be in a blue colour.

The Nissan LEAF will have the latest in advanced IT connectivity capability, including wireless. Customers will be able to set their mobile phones to activate functions in the LEAF like the air conditioning and the charging performance, giving the car a state-of -the-art wireless control capability. Nissan say they will formally announce the MSRP sales price for the LEAF closer to its late 2010 release date. 

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