Monday, August 10th, 2009...12:28 am

Introducing the Nissian Leaf

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Nissan recently announced details on their new electric vehicle that will be produced at their Smyrna, TN plant.  Nissan says they plan to release this car to the show rooms in the fall of next year and that they are hoping to beat GM to the punch and release the LEAF before the Volt.  Nissan expects production capacity to reach 200,000 units a year by 2012.  The LEAF looks like a regular Nissan Versa only it has better aerodynamics for less drag.  The vehicle makes use of a 107HP electric motor that is powered by a 85KW Lithium-ion battery pack.  The batteries that are being used in this vehicle have been in the works for several years due to the Renault-Nissan partnership.  Nissan is in the process of building a state of the art battery factor in Tennessee near where the cars are manufactured.  The vehicle has a range of 100 miles per charge.  What is really nice is that he has a quick acceleration of 0-60 mph in 7 seconds, which is not to shabby for a production electric car.  I believe this car will do wonders for the American population that is clamoring for an electric car to drive to and from work.  We will have to see if we can squeeze more performance out of this vehicle once it hits the market.  I am going to be making vehicle specific pages dedicated to modifying production electric vehicles.   I am going to try and dig up some more information on the vehicles at home charger.  Right now it looks like charging time takes approximately 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet but buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.  It also looks like the Leaf will have it’s own iphone app to display the progress of a charging cycle.   The price for the car should start around $30,000 and I am hearing that Nissan my offer the option to lease the $10,000 battery pack.   Good job Nissan, I can’t wait to drive it.

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