The Nissan Leaf (Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car) is a five-door hatchback manufactured by Nissan and introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010. Nissan displayed the Leaf in India at the 2012 Auto Expo. There is no news when the hatch will be launched in the country
Believe it or not, the 2010 Nissan Leaf has been sold out. Okay, that’s really not that hard to believe considering it was able to get 6,635 reservations in just three days, but some people might consider that shocking for an electric car. In a recent interview, Nisssan CEO Carlos Ghosn said "We think there is a big future for this car. I can already tell you that the production for 2010 is already sold out." Everyone at Nissan was probably breathing a huge sigh of relief considering it will already take them three years to make a profit on this vehicle due to the expensive components involved in the electric car’s production.
The 2010 Leaf will arrive at dealerships in December, but Nissan has already received a total of 13,000 reservations in the past month. The Leaf will be offered in two trim levels: the base SV model, priced at $32,780 ($25,280 after a federal tax credit of as much as $7,500) and the top trim level, priced at $33,720 ($26,220 after the tax credits).
The Nissan Leaf may be a hot item these days but Nissan is trying to keep expectations at a minimum knowing that profit for the model will only begin to squeeze in somewhere around the third year - and that’s on the assumption that it maintains a healthy sales diet in that time frame.
According to Brian Carolin, Nissan’s U.S. sales and marketing head, "Over the course of the vehicle life, it is profitable – in year three." The long wait for profit for the Leaf really comes as no surprise to a lot of us, especially given that the car - apparently, it comes with a battery that costs $18,000 - isn’t exactly light on the pockets. Overall, the Leaf will come with a price tag of somewhere in the neighborhood of $33,000 and is likewise eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.
So, now that we know how long it’s going to take Nissan to climb back into the black, we’re a little more apprehensive to say that the Leaf will be a cash-cow for Nissan. Three years, if you haven’t checked yet, is a pretty long time.
Any doubts regarding the popularity of the new Nissan Leaf were quelled after Nissan’s first all-electric vehicle received 6,635 reservations in just three days since reservations were made available with each reservation coming with a required $99 refundable deposit online.
While the official public reservation for the Nissan Leaf will begin on May 15, people that have expressed prior interest in the car - those who forked over the 99 bucks - were given first dibs on reserving Nissan’s EV vehicle for themselves.
According to Nissan, the company is targeting the 25,000-order treshold by the time the car officially hits the market at the tail-end of the year. The 6,635 prior-reservations is a good start for Nissan in it’s mission to become one of the first brands to release an all-electric platform. The car is likewise expected to carry a price tag of $25,280, excluding the charging station each Leaf owner is required to have set up at their homes.
On top of the popularity the Leaf has obviously gained, Nissan is optimistic that the interest surrounding the Leaf will continue to grow as the months pass.
While Chevrolet is still setting the stage for the future of battery powered vehicles with the Volt, the Japanese automaker Nissan has been perfecting the art of the electric car for over 60 years now and their all new LEAF BEV is just about ready to roll off the assembly line in order to become the first mass market affordable electric car. As part of the Nissan LEAF Zero Emission Tour, the hamburger brand brought their Aqua globe show car from Detroit all the way down to Orlando where we got a chance to get up close and personal with it and a ride behind the wheel of the user friendly test mule that features all of the parts that make it work. Nissan has been investing heavily in the advancement of lithium ion technology ever since they teamed up with NEC to produce revolutionary hybrid battery packs that produce nearly twice the energy density compared to traditional units which mean they will last longer with a much more potent charge that have powered everything from fictional animatronics dinosaurs in Jurassic Park to texting teenager’s cell phones in Japan’s Shibuya district.
The LEAF is about as green as a new car can get, not only does it lack a tailpipe to emit harmful emissions, but the seats were made from recycled plastic bottles and even the tire supplier was chosen because of their diminutive carbon footprint. Despite being an electric car with a compact electric motor in place of an internal combustion engine under the hood, Nissan has chosen to keep with the traditional two box layout, albeit quite curvaceous and a bit wide in the back. Nissan chosen to set the LEAF apart from the rest of the lineup with a variety of blue anodized emblems and Zero emissions logos. The LEAF offers room for five and lots of cargo thanks to the ultra low shelf in the trunk, and even fully loaded, the additional weight won’t compromise the LEAF’s range. Speaking of distances, Nissan expects that their new electric vehicle will be able to travel up to 100 miles between charges, more than enough for the average daily commute, and reach a 90 MPH top speed, making it more than adequate for highway use.
In a very bold move Nissan Jidosha Kabushiki-gaisha has made history by unveiling their first zero emissions vehicle intended for mass production. In an attempt to skip the gas/electric hybrid craze and jump directly into plug in electric vehicles, it might appear that Carlos Gohsen is set on taking over the world like a James Bond villain with the long awaited lithium ion beattery technology. This past Sunday the Japanese automaker unveiled the Nissan Leaf, a five door electric vehicle with a 100+ Mile range at their home base in Yokohama. The Leaf features a sharp, upright V-shaped body with a pair of slanted LED headlights that were designed to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind, noise and drag.
Those top secret batteries that we were talking about are made up of laminated lithium ion cells that are capable of delivering over 90 kW of power and weigh only 440 pounds. The battery pack sends it stored energy to the Leaf’s front mounted electric drive motor that only outputs 80 of those kilowatts for a maximum output of 107 HP. The interesting thing about an electric motor is that they make their peak torque at 0 RPM, we know this sounds crazy, but unlike the internal combustion engine, the amount of energy an electric motor can do is based upon how it was made and it delivers that power at one constant amount. That is a healthy 208 lb-ft of torque. The instantaneous power should provide off the line acceleration comparable to the Infiniti G35 sports car.
Of course the question with any purely electric vehicle is how long will it take to charge? Nissan claims that the Leaf will take 8 hours for a full charge from a 200 V source; so a high capacity 220 V outlet is recommended, otherwise it will take twice as long for a full charge from a standard 110 V AC outlet. There is an impressive 50 kW AC fast-charge capability. This allows for an 80% charge of the lithium ion batteries meaning you can go up to 80 miles with only a 30 minute charge, or if you are really in a hurry, you can get an additional 31 miles after being plugged in for only 10 minutes. Although the hardware necessary is a little too expensive for in home use, leave that up to your local municipality. The disadvantage of having to run with all that electronic gear onboard is the excess weight, however because it can be mounted low in the chassis it should make for a decent handling package.