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Nissan s Electric Leaf, ease of use and price

August 4, 2009

Nissan ‘s All Electric Leaf

At this stage of the game, it is hard to gauge the full significance of the Nissan Leaf. One thing we can bet on is that it is giving a few car makers executive heartburns. Click here for Part I

The gist is that Nissan’s careful approach to the alternative fuel car market might have raised a few eyebrows but their gamble could pay off. Indeed, the company does not have many hybrids, HEV to offer, but instead chose to bypass the HEV step by focusing on EVs. By doing so, it not only frog leap the competition, but the knowledge it gathers from EVs will surely help it design advanced hybrids.

It Is All About The Price . PCAuthority agrees the appeal will be the low price. This five-seat car will compete well once taking into account the price of electricity and relative no maintenance associated with EVs. And speaking of price, Nissan still has not revealed it. We can conclude it will be as close to the magical $20,000 as possible in order for it to compete against similarly equipped gas cars.

Selling it at about $27,000 would bring it down to below $20,000 after government incentives of $7,500.

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Leasing The Pack . The price will not include the battery pack and the consumer will lease it. Why would Nissan do this? It would be safe to assume that by leasing the battery pack, it keeps the price low, while recouping slowing on the $10,000 battery. Also, it will be easier to handle any maintenance, as well as upgrading it when a newer technology becomes available. Finally, leasing battery packs is what Better Place is interesting in doing, and their partnership with Nissan might place as the company to handle it.

In the Financial Times. Ghosn says the Leaf will cost the same as an equivalent gas-fueled car.

Ease Of Use . The Leaf has an interesting and unique recharging scheme, according to AutoBlogGreen. it allows for either 110 Volt recharging or 220, the latter cutting the charge time by half. But the selling point here is the fact that its the battery pack’s 50 kW DC fast-charge capability can recharge 80% in less than 30 minutes when you have a fast charge station. EV cross country driving is getting loser.

Nissan has done its homework thoroughly and judging by the numbers, they worked as much on the technological aspect, as the global daily driver experience, as well as making it on par with similarly equipped gas cars. The only thing that remains outside of their grasp, at least directly is the electric recharging station infrastructure. On that domain, Nissan has already partnered with a few utilities and local governments to make sure EVs can charge up wherever.

No matter how we look at it, Nissan is cementing its position as the number EV provider.

Nissan's Greener Electric Cars
Nissan's Greener Electric Cars
Nissan's Greener Electric Cars
Nissan's Greener Electric Cars
Nissan's Greener Electric Cars

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