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2011 Nissan Leaf

2011 Nissan Leaf

Nissan 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 100 miles to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. (continued below)

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World's First Electric Car Designed for Affordability and Real-World Requirements

Source: Nissan | Published: Sat Oct 02, 2010

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The all-new Nissan Leaf is powered by 48 laminated compact lithium-ion battery modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles.

Unlike internal-combustion engine-equipped vehicles, Leaf's powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven. The Nissan Leaf can be charged up to 80% of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

"There's little debate on the need to reduce vehicle emissions in the future. Nissan is taking an aggressive approach to establishing leadership in zero-emission vehicles, with the Leaf being our first effort," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "However, we're not doing this solely to meet regulations or to wrap the Nissan brand in a green halo. We're producing the Nissan Leaf because it makes good sense to Nissan and to our customers."

Leaf's Exterior Designed for "Smart Fluidity"

The new Nissan Leaf's dedicated EV body is designed to offer "smart fluidity" - a fusion of sophisticated aerodynamic management and aerodynamic acoustics with the freedom provided by the new EV layout. The smooth, elegant movement of the body starts from the low, compact hood, moves through the iconic shoulder character line and on toward the large rear spoiler.

The distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting LED headlights with a blue internal reflective appearance. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag. The headlights also consume about 50 percent of the electricity of conventional halogen headlights. In the rear, the slim-type aerodynamic LED taillight design and crisp corners combine with the aerodynamic muffler-less rear bumper with rear diffuser to manage the aerodynamics of the rear end without compromising rear interior roominess. The coefficient of drag is just 0.29.

Nissan Leaf's charging point is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle. The 5-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. Attractive 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with 205/55 R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires are standard. Five exterior colors are available: Glacier Pearl, Blue Ocean, Brilliant Silver, Super Black and Cayenne Red.

Distinctive "EV Touch" Interior

The roomy 2011 Nissan Leaf interior offers a pleasingly modern design created to provide a unique "EV touch" with "simple and human flow." The bright, welcoming atmosphere starts with the wide, high tech instrument panel design - which is dominated by a twin combination meter display in front of the driver and a center "floating" piano black C-stack with a 7-inch information display.

Nissan Leaf: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type Electric Motor
Electric Power 107 hp @ 2730-9800 RPM
Electric Torque 207 lb-ft @ 0-2730 RPM
Driveline Front Wheel Drive
Transmission Variable Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 205/55 R16
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 175 in
Width 69.7 in
Height 61 in
Curb Weight 3366 lbs
0-60 11.5 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 89 mph
Electrical-Only Range 73 miles
Extended Range n/a
Fuel Economy
EPA Equivalent - City/Highway 106/92 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Japan
Base Retail Price (MSRP) $32,780 (-$7,500 Environmental Tax Credit)

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