Zero emis­sion Nis­san Leaf to hit Ir­ish mar­ket

Bray People - - MOTORS -

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.

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