Nissan’s Electric Car “Leaf” here in April

1st Nov 2011 by Admin

Some years ago Nissan made a strategic commitment to lead the global automobile industry in mass-marketing electric cars and firmly believe that the ultimate solution for sustainable mobility lies in electric cars.

In August 2009 they unveiled the very first version of their electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, which went on sale in Japan and the U.S. late last year and will be released across global markets next year and Australia in April. .

The model coming to Australia will benefit from 30 months of consumer usage and will be the” next generation” being released next year. The improvements to the car include a fast-charging port which enables you to recharge the batteries to 80% capacity in 30 minutes from a commercial high voltage point. You will also be able to plug into the standard 240-volt household system which will take up to seven hours to recharge to 100% capacity

The Aussie version will also get the full telematics pack that links the Leaf electronically via the mobile phone network, providing a range of driver functions such as data on range and energy consumption, location of charging stations.

This is a vehicle that does not emit any CO2 when driven - in fact - it has no tail pipe.

Some Technical details (with just a little jargon included)

Range: approx. 160km

Speed: Top speed of 140km/h


  • 80kW AC synchronous electric motor and inverter that sit under the front bonnet
  • draws its power from a 24kWh lithium-ion battery
  • delivers 280Nm of torque (similar output to that of V6 petrol engine)
  • delivers maximum torque instantly and that gives the Leaf smooth and quick acceleration


Power is transmitted to the wheels via a single-speed reduction gear and together with the electric motor that gives the Nissan Leaf a top speed of 140km/h.

Green Credentials

Nissan is not just resting on its laurels by producing a zero-emission vehicle with the Leaf. They’ve also gone out of their way to incorporate a lot of recycled material into various parts of the Leaf including seat fabric, the materials used in the instrument panel and the front and rear bumper as well.

For more information and to keep up to date with the progress of this development go to the official global leaf site.

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