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Rescue attempts over the included battery models in the from General Motors. Motor and Chrysler as they to create vehicles to meet ‘s requirement for zero

Utility plants that the juice for your electric do but your car does not. cars are now said to have local emissions, or zero emissions, because critics emissions from utility were being ignored.)

GM EV1 is most famous. Conspiracy say GM killed the electric car or set back its at the very least when it to let customers who leased the two-seat, EV1s buy them when expired. GM destroyed the cars, they didn’t meet safety standards.

They were catching fire recharging, and no fix could be found.

Now battery-batty again. New battery promises a driving range of 100 or more, which begins to the range anxiety that have identified as a disincentive.

play to public sentiment petroleum BP’s epic gusher from a broken in the Gulf of Mexico being the image for Big, Bad Oil. And the seems to suggest an electric Battery cars typically run a distance on a lot less cash gasoline vehicles do.

In fact, Nissan says, its 2011 Leaf, due in December, cost you about $400 to run as far as go on $1,800 worth of $3-per-gallon

Nice, but the proof of any vehicle is how it And there, Leaf’s a winner.

A but close to final-specification, Leaf was a few hours this week, and were satisfying hours

On the plus side, Leaf

Roomy. It’s got nice front and back, for its overall footprint. It’s about the of a Toyota Prius.

And the seats comfortable which remains enough in modern cars it’s worth noting.

interior plastics are recycled bottles and the like, which are but Nissan sees it as a marketing for this car.

Quick in Electric motors are like They give you all they the moment they start to

No need to rev up as you must to get the most from a gasoline or diesel

Quiet. Another admirable of electrics. But to satisfy concerns blind pedestrians, the car whines up to 18 mph.

You can shut that off you’ll want to if you drive windows down), but it resets to on time you restart. The car also when in reverse.

Engagingly Though small, Leaf’s not Features includes LED headlights, system and, on the uplevel SL, a panel on the hatch to trickle-charge the 12-volt battery, used to run such as the radio.

The large battery pack that the motor is under the seats and When not plugged in, it gets a when you slow or use the brakes. the same regen braking on gas-electric hybrids.

Our favorite feature was driving range. about how far you can go? Push a button and a appears on the navi map screen.

You can straight to anywhere in the circle on the juice. As you continue to drive, the shrinks.

You can trigger another and the navi will route you to the public charging station. Not now, but more in the next or two. The system updates its of sites every three

The spawn of a proper attitude. product planning director Perry says the engineers Leaf had the supremely sensible that the driver should normally; it’s the car that energy. Drive like you have and still go far.

Try that attitude at, say, Motor’s house o’ and you’ll get a lecture on how much the is supposed to do (the car just as well as a whack over the with one of those leafy that appear to grow or die on dashboards, depending on your style.

Wrinkles in the otherwise fabric of Leaf:

Ugggggly. We did to badger Nissan into a photo of a red one. and jazzed up it almost averts a gag reflex. stinko.

One nuance, neither nor bad: The idea of tailfins has carried forward. Nose atop the headlights direct cutting wind noise the mirrors and reducing range-ruining air

Steering. Too slow. Turn the a lot for a little reaction. You’ll run in corners unless you crank the wheel an unseemly amount.

And that is, Perry says, a That Absolutely Nobody Has Mentioned. Running into seems to be a Test Drive feature.

Tippy feel. Not a device, Leaf leans a bit in brisk corners, and the tires to vaguely howl as if they like it one bit. Nothing a battery car is inconsistent with handling.

Nissan says is rated to go 100 miles in what’s the LA4 test, a protocol that, if allows a manufacturer to say that its buggy has a 100-mile range. But not as good as it can get or as bad. Cold heavy traffic: You won’t close.

Spring weather, traffic, moderate speed: blow right past 100

More troubling could be how it takes to fill ‘er up if the are about dead: 20 tedious from a 110/120-volt circuit common household plug) or hours from a 220/240-volt circuit that most are expected to install and use.

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car. Drives nicely. But lives are filled with trips and emergencies, the kinds of events that could 100 miles too little and eight too long.

Leaf and, we imagine, any other pure battery vehicle should be considered a or third car for most folks.


Compact, four-door, front-drive, hatchback powered by an electric fed from lithium-ion battery

When? On sale is several in December; nationwide a year now.

Why? Nissan’s to make a big bet on electric cars.

How Starts at $32,780 including Charger and installation average Some taxpayers can get federal tax up to $7,500 on a car; up to $1,100 on a

How many? 50,000 worldwide the year, rising to 550,000 in

How powerful? Electric motor 107 horsepower, 206 pounds-feet of torque. make full torque the moment they begin to needn’t rev up as gasoline engines do to hit turning power.

How big? to a Toyota Prius. Leaf is 175 long, 69.7 in. wide, 61 in. on a 106.3-in. wheelbase.

How far and fast? to go 100 miles on a charge using the LA4 test cycle. Nissan 138 miles or so in optimal traffic and conditions, but as few as 62 miles in slow on a very cold day.

Top speed is about 90 mph.

to fully charge depleted pack:

220/240-volt AC circuit owners will use: 8

Normal residential 110/120-volt AC 20 hrs.

440/480-volt industrial circuit with fast-charger: 30 for 80% charge.

Nissan says aid programs will ensure are at least 12,000 public stations in 19 states by end of 2011.

Generally sweet to drive, but a second or third car for most because of unexpected demands, trips that could range.

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