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, Japan, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - 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.

    NISSAN LEAF

    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) 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.

    ZERO-EMISSION MOBILITY

    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.

    REAL-WORLD CAR

    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 body layout.
    "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.

    DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

    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 charging
stations.
    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 technology.

    WORLDWIDE PARTNERS

    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 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.

    
    NISSAN LEAF: VEHICLE SPECS

    Dimensions
    ----------
    Length:                  4445 mm
    Width:                   1770 mm
    Height:                  1550 mm
    Wheelbase:               2700 mm

    Performance
    -----------
    Driving range over:      160km/100miles (US LA4 mode)
    Max speed (km/h):        over 140km/h (over 90mph)

    Motor
    -----
    Type:                    AC motor
    Max power (kW):          80kW
    Max torque (Nm):         280Nm

    Battery
    -------
    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
    ---------------

    Photos available at http://press.nissan-global.com/EN/

    For more information, please visit the Nissan Zero-Emission website:
    http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com.
    

    About Nissan Canada

    Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and
distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc.
 With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI
directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan
dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to
improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key
priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing
recycling.  More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of
Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissan.ca and
www.infiniti.ca.




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