Nissan Leaf SA& s first electric car goes on sale

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Nissan Leaf, SA s first car, goes on sale

Africa’s first commercially fully electric car, the Leaf, is on sale, despite the of government incentives.

Speaking at the introduction of the car into the South market at the Johannesburg International Show, Mike Whitfield, director of Nissan South said the Leaf’s sales of R446 000 might seem

However, if one includes electricity of about R22 500 over a six-year and maintenance costs of R1 500, the cost of the car over the six-year (R470 000) compares to the total cost of ownership of petrol (R484 000) or (R505 000) models the same period, he said.

Whitfield said the vehicle’s running cost of about will be key to its successful introduction.

“If you at the rising cost of fuel, it becoming an attractive alternative.”

did not want to be drawn on local targets for the vehicles. He said the of the Leaf is about launching new and not about numbers.

Nissan SA does not expect to hundreds of the vehicles; the technology is new and take off in its own time. But the interest so far has phenomenal, he said.

While commentators have emphasised government incentives will be to the successful introduction of electric in the local market, there are no incentives available to Leaf

Internationally, most countries have introduced electric have stimulated demand by various incentive programs.

BMW South Africa also has to introduce its i3 and i8 electric models in SA in the future.

Whitfield said if incentives are officially announced, it take the form of reduced or tax incentives. Nothing has been in this regard.

World’s mass-produced electric vehicle

its launch in 2010, more 78 000 Nissan Leaf models been sold worldwide. The car has a 195 km and a top speed of 145 km/h. The battery can be charged at home in 7 hours.

A quick charge (up to 80%) about 30 minutes.

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International suggests that 80% of the world’s do not drive more than a a day.

Whitfield said charging infrastructure will be a but ultimately people will to understand and feel comfortable they don’t actually a vehicle that can drive than 200 km a day.

“This the car to go and drive to Durban.”

Charging infrastructure will to be installed at the homes of buyers. stations will also be at specific Nissan dealers in Durban and Cape Town, would be used free of

The Nissan Leaf is imported Japan.

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