Nissan LEAF

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Range – up to 135 kms
Acceleration – 0 to 100kph approx 11.5 secs
Top Speed – 144 kph (regulated)
Rear Cargo Space
Seats – 5 adults

Pure Electric
Charge Time – 8 hours
Optional 6.6kW charge – 4 hours charge
ChaDeMo quick charge – 80% charge in 30 mins
Powertrain – 80kW electric motor
Drivetrain – front wheel drive

Price: Around AUD $40,000

Click for Full Specs (US version)

In Brief

On November 13th 2009, Nissan President and CEO, Carlos Ghosn announced: “The Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed to becoming a global leader in zero emissions,” said Ghosn, who also is chairman and CEO of Renault. “The Nissan LEAF is the only all-electric, zero-emission vehicle that will be available to drivers on a mass-market scale and at an affordable price.”  The price difference between the US LEAF and the Australian LEAF is more than $10,000 and we are told by Nissan LEAF Australia the reason is import duties and taxes .

Don’t get us wrong – we like this car a lot – it’s well appointed and a pleasure to drive.  The new LEAF is lighter, more efficient and incorporates more features than the original and is a truly remarkable machine.  Nissan have made improvements in just about every department and also reduced the price.  However at the current price point it is still too expensive to make serious inroads into the Australian market – especially as there are no government incentives (unlike just about every developed country in the world) for people to drive a zero local emissions car.

The LEAF has a range close to 140kms (85 miles) and a top speed of 140kph (90mph). The electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm providing a highly responsive performance. Charging at home will take approximately 8 hours but the LEAF can be quick charged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

Nissan claims an advanced IT system for the vehicle connected to a global data centre which will provide information such as nearby charging stations as well as in-car entertainment services. The vehicle has interactivity with mobile phones, for example, remotely switching on air conditioning or receiving confirmation that the batteries are charged. Click here for the LEAF website