Nis­san Leaf

Price: TBA CO2: 0g/km

Element - - Transport -

Leaf is the reign­ing Euro­pean Car of the Year and with good rea­son: it’s ar­guably the first bat­tery-pow­ered ve­hi­cle to com­bine zero-emis­sions driv­ing with the drive­abil­ity, space and prac­ti­cal­ity of a con­ven­tional fam­ily car. Leaf makes ma­jor ad­vances in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy. Its 192 lithium-ion bat­ter­ies are ar­ranged in 48 mod­ules – each one can be in­di­vid­u­ally di­ag­nosed and re­placed if nec­es­sary. Nis­san claims the bat­ter­ies will re­tain 80% ca­pac­ity af­ter 10 years. Be­cause the Leaf was de­signed as an elec­tric car from the ground up, the pow­er­train is clev­erly in­te­grated and no heav­ier than a con­ven­tional 2.0-litre petrol en­gine and trans­mis­sion. It pro­vides space for five and their lug­gage. The only two bug­bears are range and price. The former is yet to be an­nounced, but ex­pect the Leaf to cost at least as much as Mit­subishi’s smaller IMIEV. And range? Af­ter an eight-hour charge, Nis­san claims the Leaf can travel 170km.

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