Nissan unveiled their LEAF concept car on the 2nd August
2009. The concept is a zero emission vehicle which utilizes
electrical power for propulsion. The LEAF is scheduled
for production in 2010, and the vehicle will initially
be launched in Japan, the United States, and Europe.
"Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment
one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,"
said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We
have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality
the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero
not simply reduced emissions. It's the first
step in what is sure to be an exciting journey
for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the
The LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats
five adults, and offers a rather sedate (but still useful)
90 mph top speed.
The Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion
batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while
its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm. The battery can
be topped up to 80% of its full capacity in under 30 minutes
when using a dedicated fast charger. Charging through
a 200V outlet takes around 8 hours.
The Nissan LEAF features an exclusive advanced IT system.
Connected to a global data center, the system can provide
support, information, and entertainment for drivers 24
hours a day.
The dash-mounted monitor displays Nissan LEAF's remaining
power or "reachable area" in addition
to showing a selection of nearby charging stations.
The Nissan LEAF's frontal styling is characterized by
a sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting
LED headlights. The shape of the headlights have also
been designed to split and redirect airflow away from
the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag. And,
the headlights provide yet one more benefit in that they
consume just 10 percent of the electricity of conventional
lamps, which helps improve the LEAF's range.