Nissan has unveiled its first electric vehicle - Leaf

Nissan has unveiled its first electric vehicle - Leaf

Nissan presented Sunday, the Leaf - its first electric vehicle, designed for the real needs of mobility at a reduced price. Nissan Leaf will be sold at the end of 2010, including Europe.

Presenting new model Electric Leaf was inaugurating the new headquarters of Nissan in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, the director general of the alliance Renault-Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, who led the car in which it was former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and two other guests.

"Today we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the company," said Ghosn. "We believe that these cars are niche vehicles, but the meal," said Nissan chief after inauguration. Ghosn showed that Leaf is a powerful machine and that, despite the popularity of hybrid vehicles, in some markets, they are machines niche, covering less than 2% of the world market.

Nissan Leaf has a electric motor of 80 kW (109 HP) and 280 Nm, and can reach a maximum speed of over 140 kmh. Autonomy is at least 160 kilometers, and battery charging (80%), fast mode, is performed in less than 30 minutes and are 100% need approximately 8 hours.

Nissan has not announced the price model Leaf, but Ghosn said that without expensive battery lithium-ion, which could be rented, the cost of the machine could be comparable to that of a petrol vehicle.

Source: http://www.nissan-global.com/


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