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Nissan Unveils All Electric Leaf Concept…Says EVs Could Account for 10% of Market by 2020

Keeping their hybrid development a secret has not been one of Nissan's priorities throughout the past year. Realistically, they have been using this opportunity to build up the suspense for the revealing of their hybrid concept. The culmination of which has finally been realized with the unveiling of the Nissan Leaf.

The first thing you will likely notice about the new Leaf is that is does not stand out as an environmentally friendly vehicle. It does not share the same "super aerodynamic" characteristics of many of the recently introduced hybrid electric vehicles. On top of touting a somewhat sporty exterior, the interior is also roomy, with enough available space to seat 5 people comfortably.

Power for the Leaf comes from a stack of Lithium Ion batteries feeding an electric motor at the front of the vehicle. Charge time to 100% is about 7 hours, but a quick charge up to 80% can be done in about 30 minutes. Interestingly enough, Nissan is planning on leasing the batteries, rather than selling them, in an attempt to keep the costs down.

Nissan is projecting that all electric vehicles will be responsible for 10% of the overall vehicle market by 2020. If this is true, cars like the Leaf could quickly become some of the top sellers.

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George Delozier
Motorized Innovations
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Comments
Sep 5, 2009
by Anonymous

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Theme : Nissan Leaf will save the world, No Need For Heartbreaking Wars !

Some say the Leaf and the i-MiEV have a cruising range of 160 km on one battery charge, that is about one-third of the distance a gas-powered car can cover on a full tank of fuel.

In 21st century, home, workplace, or stores etc also serve as a power station as electricity is everywhere. And cars with a full tank of fuel don't help MPG, as well.

In this economy, fuel price is hovering around $60 to $75 a barrel, which indicates the actual value might be much the same as the peak price last year, and it will continue to spiral up unquestionably.

All it takes for the entire world to live in peace would be to change our antique notion as technology is already here, energy independence lies in people's will and attitude. Today, the size and scope of investing in future energy will determine the future and fate of a nation.

1. The range of terrific EVs are sufficient to meet the daily driving needs of 95% of drivers ((The vast majority of people (95%) drive less than 160/km a day)).

2. What's more, as for long trip needs, all but Americans and many of developed nations have existing automobiles, in this regard, EVs are best suited to their daily use until the infrastructure comes into wide use.

3. The price has not yet been announced, but Nissan says it will be priced similarly to a well-equipped sedan in the vicinity of the high $20,000 and with government tax break.

4. Manufacturing volume, innovative battery technology will drive down cost.

5. Little maintenance fee.

6. MILES PER GALLON : MORE THAN 10 VS 1 (Leaf : 367MPG) compared with general combustion engine cars.
Even excellent hybrid cars are not comparable to EVs in light of fuel economy.

7. EVs will likely be less expensive for people to drive with low-cost nighttime charging.
Sometimes EVs can be charged at workplaces or stores etc.

8. Batteries will become more efficient on the whole and their price will drop, whereas the oil will simply go up and up as it becomes more scarce. As simple as that.

9. EVs are simple and felt smoother and more torquey than the petrol models, and quiet, fun to drive.

10. Better Place is partnering with Nissan to create the charging infrastructure and a system for swapping depleted batteries for fully charged batteries in less than 2 minutes. This can extend the range of the vehicle to hundreds of miles.

11. Nissan has developed an IT system for its EVs, connecting the vehicle's on-board transmitting unit to a global data centre to support EV driving 24 hours 7 days a week.
The system shows the driving radius on a maximum range display under the current state of charge and calculates if the vehicle is within range of a pre-set destination. The navigation system points out the latest information on available charging stations within the current driving range

12. The car will charge to 80 percent within 30 minutes on a quick charger. A full charge requires eight hours on a 200V outlet.

13. It features a timer function that will start the car's air-conditioner or battery charging at a specified time to benefit from more favorable electricity rates by a mobile phone or the Internet, as well. An SMS can be sent when the battery is fully charged and the car ready.

14. The 24 kilowatt hours laminated compact lithium-ion battery pack is placed under the vehicle floor for more efficient packaging. The battery layout also allows smooth underfloor air-flow which helps reduce drag.

15. The regenerative brake system employed to recharge the battery during deceleration and braking extends the driving range to more than 160 kilometres (depending on driving style and conditions) under a full charge.

16. Durability is achieved by employing an additional frame for the battery pack to significantly improve the rigidity of the platform.

17. The fully-electric drivetrain features a high-performance motor and a compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity. It has a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour.

18. It takes a practical approach towards the family market with its tagline: “5 passengers, 5 doors" .

19. The design is streamlined and stylish.