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. Nissan USA