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Future of the Car: the Nissan LEAF

Moran is a new contributor for The Transit He develops energy power for International Power .]

Twenty from today, we may just back on 2010 as the year electric cars hit the mainstream and put the on a path toward widespread electrification.  While niche cars such as Tesla and are already in limited production and for purchase today, no major manufacture has to date released a electric vehicle (PEV) on the However, that will later this year the introduction of the LEAF from .  The LEAF will be the first produced by a major global manufacturer that will not on an internal combustion engine by gasoline.

  Instead, the vehicle will be reliant on a 24 kWh lithium polymer developed jointly by Nissan and NEC hybrid and electric manufactures use standard lithium-ion chemistry).

critics of electric vehicles voiced numerous objections to the PEV in perhaps the most frequent has been on the topic of price with traditional gasoline-fueled To this point, Nissan puts this issue to bed by the LEAF at $32,780.  After in a federal tax credit of $7,500. the drops to nearly $25,000.

  This makes the LEAF with traditional, non-electric in its class.  In certain states as California, the LEAF would be for an additional $5,000 in tax credits. dropping the price to approximately Seeing California is chalk of early technology adopters, figures the LEAF will well in the San Francisco and Los Angeles (both markets also to be hotbeds for battery and electric car start-ups).

Range anxiety is consistent fear expressed by PEV Despite Americans propensity to more than our global the vast majority of Americans less than 40 miles per Nissan officially claims the LEAF will get approximately 100 on one charge.  However, recent drives have indicated even this number is and the range will likely be

  This 100 mile range likely satisfy over 90% of driving needs.

Nissan is working on fine-tuning its vehicle strategy.  At present, the LEAF be able to reach a full in approximately 8 hours by simply the vehicle into a standard power outlet.  However, is currently in discussions with electric utilities and third charging station technology In foreign markets, Nissan has an agreement with Israeli Better Place to manage the battery by swapping the battery out at stations when it becomes Nissan is expected to test model in the United States by

  The holy grail of vehicle is clearly the uber-fast 3 minute which would be akin to a to the old gas station.  This is currently unfeasible, however certain stations are becoming available can charge a vehicle in 30 minutes.  tuned for more progress on front in the coming months as issue has been grabbing the of prominent VCs.

Much of progress on the electric vehicle can be traced to its Brazilian born Carlos Ghosn. one of the most visionaries in the auto industry I would liken him to Apple’s Jobs (although I think Mr. has a general disdain for black with respect to his charisma and breaking ideas.  Mr. Ghosn that over 10% of the global fleet will be electric by

  No small feat since that figure stands at than 1/1000th of 1%.  It to be seen whether Ghosn be as successful of a marketer as Jobs.  ability to communicate with the will surely be absolutely to the nascent industry’s development forward.

Currently, Ghosn is seeking out solutions to some of the pressing current issues to electric vehicles such as range and secondary usage of the after it is no longer capable of in an automobile.  These are two fundamental that will require innovation going forward and both be addressed in subsequent

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