Zero emission Nissan Leaf to hit Irish market
THE award-winning Nissan Leaf goes on sale soon, promising to revolutionise the way we drive.
With its range extended to some 175 km the Leaf will rapidly prove its worth given the way fuel prices are rising.
Europe's Car of The Year 2011, the Leaf is powered by an in-house developed compact electric motor and inverter in the front of the car driving the front wheels.
The AC motor develops 80 kW of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h (90 mph). The electric motor is powered by an advanced laminated lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90 kW. Developed by the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture between Nissan and electronics giant NEC Corp., the breakthrough battery has the capacity to store twice as much energy as the previous generation battery.
The zero-emission car is fully equipped with features such as regenerating braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation and a parking camera. Innovative smart phone connectivity will allow an owner to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via a mobile phone. The single option is a solar panel mounted in the rear spoiler.
Pre-orders for Nissan LEAF have reached more than 27,000 units globally. The zero-emission car is currently built in Japan, but will also be manufactured in the United States and United Kingdom when new manufacturing facilities there open in late 2012 and early 2013 respectively. Deliveries to individual customers in Japan and the US began in December.
In Europe, deliveries will start shortly to Ireland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands followed by more markets later in the year.
Award-winning Nissan Leaf.