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Nissan unveils its electric the Leaf

The new zero-emission electric Leaf, during the opening of the new Nissan headquaters in Yokohama on Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty

Nissan has unveiled what it to be the world’s first mass-market car — a five-door hatchback called which its Sunderland plant is to build for the European market.

The car, which has a maximum of 100 miles and a top speed of about will be in showrooms in Britain, the US and Japan by the end of next year.

The Leaf is the first of Nissan’s new of fully electric powered which produce no carbon unlike hybrid vehicles as the Toyota Prius, which a petrol-powered engine as well as an battery. Nissan’s range of cars will include medium-sized and large saloon

A Nissan spokeswoman would not how much the Leaf would consumers, other than to say it be similarly priced to other cars in the £10,000-£15,000 bracket. excludes the cost of the electric which drivers would to buy at a cost of several thousands or lease for a monthly fee.

The Japanese carmaker announced month that it had selected its plant to make lithium-ion for the European market at a new £200m But the north-east plant is also to make the cars. The factory is up plants in France, Spain and also owned by Nissan and its partner Renault.

Nissan is in with the British government what financial support be offered because the economics of electric cars on a large are unproved. The European Investment has already offered the company a (£340m) loan to build friendly cars in Europe but needs to be guaranteed by the government for the UK to get a of production.

Business secretary Lord has assembled a £2.3bn package of guarantees for the car industry but none been extended yet, growing frustration from

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Nissan hopes that the will become the world’s truly mass-market electric Unlike its Japanese rival which makes the hugely Prius, Nissan is focusing its and investment on pure electric

Electric cars currently on the have a niche appeal motorists put off by their limited size and speed. The tiny in Britain, for example, has been among commuters in large such as London, where it is from the congestion charge. But the latest model has a speed of only 51mph and a maximum of 70 miles before it needs limiting its use.


High performance electric are prohibitively expensive. Tesla maker of the Tesla Roadster, has years trying to get costs to about $100,000 (£60,000) for sports car.

The Leaf car can be charged to 80% capacity in about 20 compared with almost and a half hours needed for the The first batch of cars, for the Asian and North American will be made in Japan and the US.

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