Nissan Leaf - a 100% electric, zero tailpipe emission car

In two previous issues of the PAC World magazine we discussed electric cars – first the Tesla roadster (an exciting fully electric car, but too expensive for PAC specialists) and then General Motors' Volt (an electric car with a gasoline generator). It looks like that Nissan will be the first company to put on the market an affordable (relatively) pure electric car.

In June 2010 Nissan invited five hundred people to experience the world's first mass-production, 100% electric, zero-emission car - Nissan LEAF - at the company's Oppama test track.

Since the 100% electric, zero-emission concept vehicle was unveiled last August at the grand opening of the new Nissan Global Headquarters, the company has been continually refining Nissan LEAF for the October start of production. Among the enhancements to the test units is the "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" system. Some of the features of the car include:

 

  • Zero tailpipe emissions; 100% electric
  • 80 kW high response synchronous AC motor
  • 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
  • Range -100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle2;  5 passengers, 5 doors
  • Speeds up to 90 mph
  • Nissan Navigation System
  • 3.3 kW onboard charger

An important issue for the acceptance of electric vehicles is the availability of a proper infrastructure that will support especially pure electric cars with a limited range. That is why Nissan is establishing partnerships with local governments interested in providing a green environment for their citizens. One such example is the US state of Hawaii. Nissan and the State of Hawaii are working towards a partnership to promote the development of an electric vehicle network, and its availability and distribution to Hawaiian consumers.

In response to public concern that quiet EVs and hybrids can surprise pedestrians, Nissan has developed a set of distinctive sounds depending on the speed and status of the car.

 

The car is equipped with -  Nissan Navigation System CARWINGS – allowing for remote connection to vehicle, monitor of the battery charging status, digital meter cluster and trip computer (instant/average energy consumption, driving time driving range and outside temperature).

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