(from Nissan 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
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 requirements.
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 research.
“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 the industry.”
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)
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
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 about 50 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
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
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
3. Public education on the individual and societal benefits of
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
EV’s 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 commerical 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 zero-emission mobility.
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