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NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

Nissan Electric Leaf

is the first to offer a pure car to private buyers in high Jesse Crosse takes a

Car makers have been with hybrids for years than flirting in the case of and Honda), but pure battery vehicles have remained on the burner as far as the major players are Now though, Nissan has stepped up to the with the new Leaf, a front-wheeldrive hatchback that goes on in Japan and the US next year and is for the UK early in 2012. The Leaf is by a high response synchronous AC motor developing 107bhp and ft of torque, which is enough to the hatchback to 60mph in around 10 and on to a top speed of 86mph. Inside, room for up to five people and a sized boot due to the fact the large, lithium ion battery is tucked away in the centre of the car the floor. As you can guess, despite its drivetrain, the Leaf is a straightforward car aimed at typical buyers.

It will be sold in large too, with 50,000 for the first year, and that rising to 200,000 when go global in 2012. We attended the of the new Leaf in Japan on a strictly but don’t touch’ basis, but allowed to drive a Tiida vehicle at the Zama plant’s track in Yokohama, equipped the actual production underpinnings of the thing. The Tiida has pretty the same proportions as the Leaf once behind the wheel, the obvious difference is the lack of a lever.

Instead, there’s a direction lever that the same job as a conventional auto with drive, reverse and

Fire up the powertrain and you’re met silence, though perhaps was just the slightest hum from a fan. The test car drives with only a whirr the motor, but it’s very to the throttle. Unlike a petrol or engine, an electric motor maximum torque from so stamping on the throttle pedal is met punchy urge. As for the rest, the car similarly to a normal hatchback, much quieter. Weighing the part of 200kg, the battery is slung low under the floor, not freeing up space inside the but also providing a low centre of for stable cornering, too.

We also took a look at the system. There’s a flap in the of the car for plugging into the mains at or at the supermarket. In the UK, the on-board charger fully charge a flat in eight hours, though if travelling in Europe, 110 volts take up to 16 hours.

A second takes a plug from one of the industrial chargers that start appearing at charging by the time the cars hit the streets, local authorities and utility are on the ball. The 200 volt, 50kW used by Nissan can deliver an 80 per charge in under 30 minutes. But a spokesman also said more powerful, 400 volt chargers in the UK could do the job in as little as 15

Like several manufacturers, has been working on electric motors for many years and the is now pretty sorted. The Leaf is by a lithium ion battery pack 48 rectangular plug-in modules in turn are made up from cells, each roughly the of an A4 envelope and just a few millimetres The modules are stacked neatly a frame to make up the pack and a battery management system and a disconnection switch in case of an

Obviously, the one big fear people about electric cars is out of juice and becoming stranded. The gets around all of that by clever telematics combined the satellite navigation system. you fire it up, the system tells you the range, not only in numbers, but on the satellite navigation map. be able to see, at a glance, you can safely make it to town or not and if are looking a bit marginal, the screen displays the position of charging en-route.

These stations will be updated as new ones appear, Hopefully, the combination of these should take the range out of using an electric car. The can chat to your mobile (so you can get a coffee while its charging) and you when it’s ready to go.

You can start the air conditioning remotely if be, so the car can be cooling while it’s up in hot weather.

When the Leaf arrive in the UK in 2012, you’ll be to buy one through a dealer in the usual The electric drive system be maintenance-free and although the rest of the car need servicing as usual, costs should be lower. The is likely to be around £20,000, but won’t include the cost of the – Nissan plans to lease

Why? Because the cost of one is £6,000 and the aim is to make the Leaf as a proposition as possible. Leasing are likely to be under £100 per which, as long as your commute totals around 35 or so, should make it at least as as buying petrol. Will it

You wouldn’t choose one if your consists of long journeys, but is confident that there are of urban types up for buying first electric car. If you going electric sounds expensive than you’d for a car with limited range, forget the government’s promise of a grant towards the cost of an vehicle, which should turning over a new Leaf a lot attractive.

Range: 100miles

Max speed: over 90mph

around 10 seconds


AC motor

Max power (kW): 80kW

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

Max (Nm): 206lb ft


laminated lithium-ion battery

capacity (kWh): 24

Power (kW): over 90

Energy (Wh/kg): 140

Power density 2.5

Number of modules: 48

Charging fast charger DC 50kW

(0 to 80 per less than 30 min

UK home less than 8 hrs

Battery Under seat floor

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto


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