Nissan’s Leaf Electric Vehicle

Nissan has finally come with an electric vehicle that separates itself from the other major manufacturers.  The Nissan Leaf was released late last year with a lithium-ion battery system which has a range of 100 miles.  The production version of this vehicle has already been released and should be available in markets later this year.

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The Leaf is the first electric vehicle on the market that offers both a fairly long range and affordable price.  Let’s take a look at some of the features of this vehicle:

  • Battery: 24 kWh lithium ion battery
  • Battery Life: 100 miles per charge
  • Speed: Up to 90 miles per hour
  • Seating: 5 seat hatchback
  • Charge: Quick charge of 30 minutes at 440V / Full charge in standard US home, 8 hours
  • Monitor: Dash mounted system monitor
  • Cool Feature: Mobile connected to charge battery.
  • Cost: $25,000 – $33,000

All these features cover the majority of American drivers today.  It may not be practical yet for a drive across the country, but it would cover most people.  The average driver doesn’t even get close to 90 mph and 100 miles is plenty for the daily commuter.

The Leaf recently won Green Car Journal’s Vision Award because of the practical pricing of this vehicle.  Unlike many of the other electric vehicles in America, it was able to achieve an affordable price, yet still get good speed and range.

There are still two major challenges that electric vehicles still have to face: better battery technology and charging stations.  Battery technology is constantly getting better, so that problem should resolve itself as times passes.  The bigger problem is to get charge stations set up throughout America.  Until that day comes, electric vehicles will not be the car of choice for the average commuter.

For a fully comprehensive look at the Nissan Leaf, check out Autoblog’s in depth look.

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  1. That is quite an impressive car for the price and features. My daily commute is less than 50 miles so it’d be a great car for me if I wanted. I’m more and more impressed with the energy crisis solutions they come up with.

    Till then,


  2. Cool car! I like it…and it’s pretty affordable too.

  3. Wow! Prices are finally coming down for these new-age fuel-efficient vehicles. It’s an exciting time.

    I just read somewhere else that some American company is making a roadster that will be $50,000 after tax rebates..and it can go several hundred miles between each charge.

    I wish I could afford one :-)

  4. I think another important consideration regarding the batteries is how environmentally friendly the materials used are. For example, you take a car like the Prius, when you consider the harmful mining techniques used to get the materials for the batteries and the process of shipping the materials around the globe, it may end up being better on gas, but it isn’t better for the environment.

      • Pays to Live Green
      • February 3rd, 2010

      I agree Tiger. Electric vehicles are still not totally environmentally friendly. On top of just the manufacture of batteries, there is also the use of electricity to power these vehicles. Most of the electricity generated today comes from a dirty source, coal. Until the materials used in batteries is cleaner, or more efficient and electricity comes from all renewable energy, electric cars are still not completely environmentally friendly.

  5. Seems perfect for scooting around town if you don’t have very far to go or don’t need to do errands too often.

  6. What I like about these little cars is that they are…little! Great for those compact parking spaces. Although the SmartCar is a bit ridiculous. It isn’t much larger than a golf cart.

    • I agree Suzanne. I mean I understand they’re supposed to be energy efficient but the smart car is just a bit too small! Almost kind of scary to take a ride in if you ask me..I think it’s a smart idea that these cars are a little bigger maybe smaller than a Toyota Prius but still bigger than the tiny smart car.

  7. I guess $25,000 is low for the car like this and more over is good for the environment

  8. Electric car is really good for save environment. Good feature of Nissan’s Leaf.

  9. Nice electric vehicle of Nissan. Cool feature of Mobile connected to charge battery.

  10. I think it’s a smart idea that these cars are a little bigger..

  11. I love the whole concept and idea of going green,no more gas, etc etc, however, until the battery issues can be worked out properly,that is, getting a much longer trip out of every charge, interchangeable battery packs, or being able to have the batteries charged while driving, much like alternators have done for years in all our cars, until such time,I believe the newest site we`ll get used to seeing on our roads every day will be countless people stranded on the side of the road with a brand new technologically advanced machine, but with no power to move it..what a joke !! Get it together people before unleashing another commercial,marketing nightmare on the general public. Once again, a prime example of putting the cart before the horse.
    Chris Marashlian/NJ

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