As expected, Nissan unveiled its zero-emission Leaf on Sunday. Reuters reports that Nissan will begin selling the first Leaf vehicles in the U.S., Japan, and Europe toward the end of 2010, and follow up with two models after that.
The Leaf is a five door hatchback car and looks like a family car. Nissan is targeting 200,000 units per year once it hits the rest of the world 2012. No word on pricing just yet but it should be rather competitive with the Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S.
Nissan's press release:
NISSAN UNVEILS "LEAF" - THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR DESIGNED FOR AFFORDABILITY
AND REAL-WORLD REQUIREMENTS
Event ushers in a new era for Nissan and a new era for mobility
YOKOHAMA, (Aug. 2, 2009) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled
Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed
specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is
a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a
range of more than 160km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer
Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe,
Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility - the zero-emission era.
The car is the embodiment of Nissan's radical, transformative vision
for the future and the culmination of decades of investment and
"Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment - one in which all
Nissan employees can take great pride," said Nissan President and CEO
Carlos Ghosn. "We have been working tirelessly to make this day a
reality - the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero - not simply
reduced - emissions. It's the first step in what is sure to be an
exciting journey - for people all over the world, for Nissan and for
Key characteristics of the LEAF include:
1) Zero-emission power train and platform
2) Affordable pricing
3) Distinctive design
4) Real-world range autonomy - 160km (100 miles)
5) Connected Mobility: Advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system
The "LEAF" name is a significant statement about the car itself.
Just as leaves purify the air in nature, so Nissan LEAF purifies
mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. Pricing
details will be announced closer to start of sales in late 2010;
however, the company expects the car to be competitively priced in the
range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle. Additionally, Nissan LEAF
is expected to qualify for an array of significant local, regional and
national tax breaks and incentives in markets around the world. As an
added benefit, because the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than
a traditional gasoline-powered car, Nissan LEAF is designed to be
friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment.
Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries,
which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor
delivers 80kW/280Nm. This ensures a highly responsive, fun-to-drive
experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect
from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles.
Unlike internal-combustion engine (ICE) equipped vehicles, Nissan
LEAF's power train has no tail pipe, and thus no emission of CO2 or
other greenhouse gases. A combination of Nissan LEAF's regenerative
braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs enables the car
to deliver a driving range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full
charge*. (*US LA4 mode)
Extensive consumer research demonstrates that this range
satisfies the daily driving requirements of more than 70% of the
world's consumers who drive cars.
And, Nissan's approach makes charging easy and convenient. Nissan
LEAF can be charged up to 80% 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 engineers and designers behind Nissan LEAF worked to create a
competitively priced real-world car that would enable Nissan to lead
mobility into the zero-emission era. To ensure comfort, spaciousness
and cargo capacity, Nissan LEAF employs a completely new chassis and
"Our car had to be the world's first, medium-size, practical EV
that motorists could afford and would want to use every day. And that's
what we've created. The styling will identify not only Nissan LEAF but
also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission
mobility," said Masato INOUE, Product Chief Designer.
Even the smallest details can yield tremendous effect.
Nissan LEAF's frontal styling is characterized by a sharp,
upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting light-emitting
diode (LED) headlights that employ a blue internal reflective design
that announces, "This car is special." But the headlights do more than
make a statement. They are also designed to cleverly split and redirect
airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag.
And, the headlights provide yet one more benefit in that they consume
just 10 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps, which helps
Nissan LEAF to achieve its world-class range autonomy.
Through bright trim colors inside, Nissan LEAF creates a pleasing
and stylish cabin environment. An environmentally friendly "blue earth"
color theme originates from the Aqua Globe body color of Nissan LEAF's
introductory model. This theme is carried into the interior through
blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.
CONNECTED MOBILITY IT SYSTEM
Nissan LEAF employs an exclusive advanced IT system. Connected to a
global data center, the system can provide support, information, and
entertainment for drivers 24 hours a day.
The dash-mounted monitor displays Nissan LEAF's remaining power -
or "reachable area" - in addition to showing a selection of nearby
Another state-of-the-art feature is the ability to use mobile
phones to turn on air-conditioning and set charging functions - even
when Nissan LEAF is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer
can also be pre-programmed to recharge batteries.
"The IT system is a critical advantage," says Tooru ABE, Chief
Product Specialist. "We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the
driver and an enhancement for the passengers. We also wanted this
vehicle to help create a zero-emission community, and these IT features
will help make that possible."
HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ZERO-EMISSION MOBILITY AND ECO-FRIENDLY INNOVATION
Nissan LEAF is a critical first step in establishing the era of
zero-emission mobility; however, Nissan recognizes that
internal-combustion engine (ICE) technologies will play a vital role in
global transportation for decades to come. Because of this, Nissan is
implementing its zero-emission vision through a holistic approach,
which provides consumers a comprehensive range of eco-friendly
technologies from which to choose.
For some consumers, Nissan LEAF will be the perfect match, and
the only car they will ever need. For others, Nissan LEAF will be a
logical addition to the family fleet - the optimal choice for the daily
commute, for example.
While zero-emission is the ultimate goal, the company is
committed to ongoing innovation in eco-friendly technologies that
increase efficiency and reduce emissions. As a result, Nissan offers a
comprehensive suite of automotive technologies, including CVT, Idle
Stop, HEV, Clean Diesel, and ongoing research and investment in FCV
Zero-emission mobility programs under the banner of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance include partnerships with countries such as the UK and
Portugal, local governments in the Japan and the USA, and other
sectors, for a total of nearly 30 partnerships worldwide.
In these partnerships major efforts focus on three areas:
1) Development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure through public and private investment,
2) Incentives and subsidies from local, regional, and national governments, and
3) Public education on the individual and societal benefits of zero-emissions mobility.
ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLE PRODUCTION
Nissan LEAF is the first in the company's forthcoming line of EVs and
is a major milestone in the realization of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance's vision for zero-emission mobility. The first of Nissan's EVs
will be manufactured at Oppama, Japan, with additional capacity planned
for Smyrna, Tennessee, USA. Meanwhile, lithium-ion batteries are being
produced in Zama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for the USA,
the UK and Portugal, and other sites for investment are under study
around the world.
ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is a global automotive company with vehicle
sales of 3.411 million in 2008. Nissan is present in all major auto
markets worldwide, selling a comprehensive range of cars, pickup
trucks, SUVs, and light commercial vehicles.
NISSAN BLUE CITIZENSHIP
Nissan is committed to making a better world through its commitment to
corporate social responsibility. This includes programs that focus on
technological innovations that focus on people and care for the planet.
Our vision for zero-emission mobility is an outgrowth of our CSR
approach, which we call Blue Citizenship. Together, we are working with
our Alliance partner, Renault, to make a better world through
Length: 4445 mm / 175.0 in.
Width: 1770 mm / 69.7 in.
Height : 1550 mm / 61.0 in.
Wheelbase: 2700 mm / 106.3 in.
Driving range over: 160km/100miles (US LA4 mode)
Max speed (km/h): over 140km/h (over 87 mph)
Type: AC motor
Max power (kW): 80kW
Max torque (Nm): 280Nm
Type: laminated lithium-ion battery
Total capacity (kWh): 24
Power output (kW): over 90
Energy density (Wh/kg): 140
Power density (kW/kg): 2.5
Number of modules: 48
Charging times: quick charger DC 50kW (0 to 80%): less than 30 min; home-use AC200V charger: less than 8 hrs
Battery layout: Under seat & floor
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