First Photos and Video of All-Electric Nissan Leaf

Nissan today unveiled the Nissan Leaf, a medium-size all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and has a range of 100 miles. Pricing was not announced (although the company previously hinted at a price around $30,000.) Nissan’s press release offered a few additional details:

  • The Nissan Leaf will go on sale in late 2010.
  • Nissan Leaf is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80kW/280Nm.
  • Driving range is expected to be 100 miles between full charges. Nissan Leaf can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in just under 30 minutes with a quick charger. Charging at home through a 200V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours.
  • Nissan Leaf’s frontal styling is characterized by a sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting light-emitting diode (LED) headlights that employ a blue internal reflective design. The headlights are designed to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag. And, the headlights consume just 10 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps.
  • Nissan Leaf employs 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. Another state-of-the-art feature is the ability to use mobile phones to turn on air-conditioning and set charging functions – even when Nissan LEAF is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer can also be pre-programmed to recharge batteries.

Video

Nissan corporate video shot in Japan shows the first moving images of the Nissan Leaf. The car is shown on the road, getting plugged in for normal and “quick charging,” and running through features. (Note: It’s raw “b-roll” footage with no sound.)

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Additional information about the Nissan Leaf is available at http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com.


  • John Doe

    I note the IT center is connected to the Global Center 24/7/365 for the driver’s convenience. Yeah, right! That means that somewhere someone is spying on you 24/7/365. Do you want that?

  • Ace

    It looks cute and is probably fun to drive, but a few questions came to mind:

    What sort of range will it provide, and at what speed? How much will the range decrease based on additional passengers?

    What sort of range is expected with the air conditioning or heater being used?

    How much does it cost? According to Nissan, the lithium-ion battery is only leased (not purchased), so what will the lease cost in addition to the price of the car? How long does the lease last?

    Home charging via a 200-volt outlet takes approximately 8 hours, yet a “quick charger” can supply an 80% charge in 30 minutes, so what’s the voltage for the quick charger and how many amps does it pull?

    The car is electric, so it has zero emissions, but how much emission will come from the coal-fired power plant that charges it?

    I like the idea of a clean, enviro-friendly car, but in order for consumers to make the right choice, some real-world data is needed.

  • Anonymous

    :- Yuck!~ It’s a Prius redone (Quit copying toyota, can’t you come up with something original). Why do all these Hybrid/Full Electric Vehicles have to look so ugly. Can’t we have style and Eco? I really worry about where our styling is going if these are our vehicles of the future. “There’s 40 year old virgin and here’s 50 year old virgin.” You know cars use to be fun to drive and looked sexy. This thing is… Looks like something that came out of a cleaning lab. Kind of makes me think this thing is going to start selling me cleaning products.

  • splashy

    I would like it better if the back didn’t slope down so much. I like a more of a boxy shape to it, so you can get more in the back, like the Element we own.

    Otherwise, I like it. My husband, who is over 6 feet, might feel a bit cramped in it, but for me it would be fine.

  • Jason Chen

    This is not going to fly, until they can double the range and half the charge time. 100 miles claimed range is more like 70 miles considering real world condition. In a hybrid card, you can drive farther than that after the fuel warning light is on. Will anyone feel comfortable constantly thinking if you make it back to home every time you make a unplanned trip for errands? Hybrid is still the way to go even if gas is more than $10 a gallon.

  • Richard S

    Pretty ugly. If the Focus EV looks anything close to the current Focus nissans gonna have a rough time.

  • felicia

    I went car shopping the other day and to my amazement the whole back row of this place was electric cars! price wise they were expensive 18,000 plus and looked alot like golf carts. they did have hard doors and windows. charge wise they only went 50 miles and didnt go over the speed of 35mph. I was even told they could only drive in 35mph limit roads,so what does all this electric car stuff do to our road driving abilities think about it! This new car seems more road competent and 76 top is really alot if you do your shopping!

  • jjohn w

    i love it ! hardly any encouraging comments ! anonymous,if it was all about looks,u.s automakers wouldn`t be in their predicament. would they ? shallow or what ? Go nissan ! amerika….home of the superficial

  • ReasonRules

    Excellent, necessary questions, Ace. I hope to see them answered presently.

  • janus

    This is a cool design and the interior kicks ass. I would buy one on the first day they are out. Put my name on the list!

  • BB

    Nissan has a dedicated site for its EVs that provides details:

    http://www.nissan-zeroemission.com.

  • Tom Me

    Hard to believe the complaints here!

    Tesla has shown the pent up demand for electrics. This is an all electric, with a range of 100 miles or so on a charge.. that is not a golf cart. I’ll bet that if they get the thing to market at under $35 K in the next year or so, they will sell all they can build.. tens of thousands if not more. Anyone want to take this bet?

    As for the styling, etc, first things first. We currently have a lot of golf carts on the market. Let’s get to something practical for every day use next. Once there, the market will decide styling, all of that.

  • Dr Cliff

    Not getting all the complaints either! I would definitely consider one of these cars – how often do I actually drive 100 miles? A lot of households have more than 1 car, you could largely use the electric for day to day driving and keep a cheapy petrol for distance til these get less expensive. If they are, as nissan claim, 1/5th the running cost of a petrol though, sounds like you could be quids in (or at least even) quite quickly with one of these. Plus presuambly a super low lower tax bracket…

  • Dad Sold Cars for 30 years

    The US auto mfgrs are just now figuring out that they surrendered the fuel-efficiency market to foreign makers, and they’re never going to get it back. The negativity here is a re-run of the bogus arguments the Big 3 US makers put out ever since the 1970s – but people have learned that the US automakers are self-destructively contemptuous of American consumers.

  • Anonymous

    To make it really affordable the price of the car should be very economical. How about the price to buy the car

  • DC

    Whats the matter with you americans? The car looks fine. No wonder your nations prioritoes are so bass-ackward. Sounds like a lot of you have no problem with dirty, noisy, heavy, over-engineered, overpriced ICE’s, but as long as they look “cool”, your okay with that. But if an EV doesnt fit that american mental picture of a car is supposed to look like, well than its clearly no good!

    As for this old “but the coal plants are gonna wreck the planet” saw, why do you come to a alternate fuel blog and say things like that? Educate yourself before making such statements. I doubt any american that say that loses any sleep over coal powering their PC, the TV they watch as they lay on the couch, or the fridge that cools down the so-called beer they produce in america. So why the would powering a vehicle that way bother you? Most of the people that run that ahem, argument out are usually oilco shills anyhow. Furthermore, its not the rest of the worlds fault americans fixation for dirty inefficent ICE’s is exceeded only by its fixation for the dirtiest, lowest-tech power source there is-coal. Something else you and China have in common. Do you worry about what packing 10 ppl in an SUV does for its range? No probably not, and you can be sure that EV designers are aware of the relation between weightenergy consumption just as much as there ICE counterparts.

    The only thing that concerns me is the lease of the battery pack. This sounds like an escape hatch in case the oil cartels come down on them like they did the Rav4 and EV1. If they can take the battery away from you since you dont “own” it, then all your left with is the shell of car. I would be very leery of allowing a car company to take away your veihicles powertrain for umm ‘more study’ (IE shred them) if they get to popular…

  • ACAGal

    I kind of like the Nissan too. It’s much cheaper than the Tesla or the Fisker. It’s within my price range.

    I need to do a test drive before I buy. Along with handling, I always test for fit. If I scrape the roof with my hair, it’s a no go….I’m the shorty in the family.

  • Liko o Maui

    I would buy this today. I can put a PV array on my roof and not have to pay for gas. I have been loggin my daily driving milage for awhile now, and rarely drive more than 50 miles a day. Who ever makes the first ev for sale which does not look like a disney cartoon, I’m buying it.

    Aloha!

  • sean t

    Agree w/ you DC.
    Those guys should fine valid reasons to criticise this car and Nissan. Don’t they know that styling is very subjective? They think they can rule the world w/ their taste! LOL. They remind me of Bryce, who I think is an alias of Rick or Bob. Oh I miss Bryce! Where is he now?

  • Nelson Lu

    It’s an exciting development that Nissan actually appears to be moving closer to launch this car. 100 miles is not a long range, yet it makes the car far more practical for a road trip than, say, a Smart, which may not have the electrical limitations but is simply not a car you should take onto a highway. It’ll be interesting to see how well it competes with the Ford Focus EV. (For those who think that both of these vehicles are going to be too small, I think you should be reminded about the Ford Transit Connect EV, which should be out in 2011.) As far as I am concerned myself, since m own commute is about 80 miles long one way, it won’t work for me, but certainly I don’t think that is the length of a typical commute.

  • JCQ

    I wouldn’t have a problem at all with a leased battery pack, especially if it was year to year. I have a friend in a company who has developed a battery pack that Mitsubishi is going to put in their electric car that has a 10 year expected lifespan. I’d dump the Nissan pack for their pack in a minute. The city of Irvine just installed a test center to level the electrical load in the daytime using their battery pack, and they are looking at building enough of them to power the entire city during the day, buying cheap power at night.

  • Zobiuk

    Cette grosse feignasse se paye une voiture pour faire des tours sur le parking de Nissan… :p

  • Meekman

    When you put out a good product, people will buy it. That’s just how it is. The big three just thought that if they made shiny cars that eventually break down, we’d be forced to buy a newer model car.

    But much of the blame also goes to many of the U.S. drivers around here that care more about status and speed than what the car is supposed to do: drive from point A to point B safely. They demanded the fastest cars and didn’t care that they only got 10 miles per gallon. The U.S. had electric cars and even hybrid cars back in the early 1900′s, but gas cars were half the price, so they won due to consumer demand and we’re just now coming back to them.

    I think it’s funny that the foreign car makers are now making the cars here in the U.S. since it’s probably a lot cheaper to make them here and we need the jobs anyway. :) But give us until 2020, we should be back by then. I like the looks of the Chevy Volt and hopefully, Tesla will flourish and Germany doesn’t buy it all.

  • steved28

    DC you are so right. I do live in the US, all of us are not so narrow minded. This is a great start to electrification. The range is more than sufficient for most commutes, the price is the best yet, we have to learn to walk before we can run. But some people want it all, want it now, and just like to complain about anything that is not perfect. It looks fine, it seems to be based more on a Versa than a Prius IMO.

  • wdbrw

    the u.s. is very large area,100mpg is squat per fillup or charge!! Try 250-350mpg per chagre or fill-up,to match large area driving habits,with no inforstructure in place for travel[time delay for charging]and u.s. drivers to log miles and miles and miles–to kiss and love our loved ones!!!!! DO BETTER.

  • Trapper Keeper

    Not emisson free, big liars. Produce Engergy also pollutes enviroment.
    Carbon and Nuclear is a no go, wind/solar are inefficient, maybe one day there will be fusion, but noeone knows if it will work out with this….

  • ex-EV1 driver

    Wow! It looks like the shills for the gas guzzler industry got out early this time. I guess that is because Nissan warned everyone that they would announce this in advance so they were ready. I guess the legacy auto industry should be congratulated for actually being somewhat ready for something new. Too bad they don’t actually have a product solution to offer so all they can do is bad mouth what others do to try to hold them back.
    To me, this is great news! Our country and our planet need a good, sustainable transportation solution that is affordable by a majority of the current oil addicted population.

  • hereyougo

    Has anyone seen this?

    http://evinnovations.com/

    Its already here..

  • MattinFL

    Wait wait wait – no all of us Americans are shallow boneheads! Some of us actually are interested in these! I’m actually seriously considering one after years of performance cars. Yes, there are still the goofballs driving Suburbans and Hummers, but probably only because they bought a $60k vehicle that’s not even worth trading in :)

  • TD

    Looks like Nissan has a serious shot at grabbing the lead in EV. The car looks good, it has a decent range for city drivers, reasonable charge time and the price of $15K makes it very attractive compared to the $40K Volt.

    I think for most Americans any EV available in the near future is going to be a commuter/2nd car and range is less important than making your 10 to 20 mile commute at almost no cost and zero emissions.

  • sean t

    Where is the Volt?

  • Lothan

    Some notes to Nissan:
    Double it to SUV size and add a removable 3rd row of seating so it can seat 7, then make it a hybrid that get’s 50+mpg and can go 500miles on a tank and 60 miles in electric only mode and you have a true winner on your hands. Oh, and it better be less than 25k too.

    But right now it is just another undersized car that won’t see more demand than simple niche buyers.

  • Bogtrotter

    Geez! Can’t anyone make a two-door any more? I mean people are having fewer kids, statistically most cars carry one person when they are on the road. Since I am a wheelchair user I need a two door if I want to be able to get in and be able to get my wheelchair in as well. Besides, all 4 doors are uglier than a coupe. And hey…..tell us the rpice….that’s the bottom line.

  • Nelson Lu

    Lothan wrote:

    “Some notes to Nissan:
    Double it to SUV size and add a removable 3rd row of seating so it can seat 7, then make it a hybrid that get’s 50+mpg and can go 500miles on a tank and 60 miles in electric only mode and you have a true winner on your hands. Oh, and it better be less than 25k too.”

    Lothan, you want a partridge in a pear tree to go with that, too?

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. You can’t have everything.

  • Lost Prius to wife

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    Anonymous, splashy, and Richard S, please remember that the coefficient of drag is exponential, not proportional. Therefore, the car manufactures are duplicating what Toyota found out rather than copying the Prius “look”. The best example I can think of is to look at the noses of a Learjet, a Gulfstream, any Boeing 7X7 series, and any Aerobus series. All these airplanes have the same basic nose shape with only minor different “styles”. They all have this same basis shape because it is the most aerodynamic shape. The Prius has its shape because of aerodynamics (CD 0.25), not because of Toyota wanting that to be its “style”. A Corvette has great style, but it does not have aerodynamics (CD >0.28) as good as the Prius or the Honda Insight. From the looks of the new Nissan Leaf, it may be more aerodynamic than the Corvette. Since it will takes more power to push a less aerodynamic car through the air, and therefore more gas rather than less, style does not get as much attention now as it did back in the gas guzzling days. Although you may not like it, my guess is that more and more cars are going to be manufactured “looking” like the Prius because it is a very aerodynamic automotive shape.

  • doretta

    This is the car my family has been waiting for. It’s legal on the highway, the range is enough for 99% of our driving, there’s room for everyone and cargo space for when we need it. We all like how it looks so that’s not going to be a problem.

    Cost will be the biggest issue for us.

  • GR

    This car is going to be a HIT! Obviously there will be plenty of people that won’t like the look of it. But there were plenty that didn’t (and still don’t) like the look of the Prius.

    And look where Toyota’s at today.

    There are a TON of people that drive less than 100 miles a day (many even drive less than 25 miles) that have a parking area at home where they can charge this. And for those worried about space, most cars only carry one or two people at a time.

    Don’t think so? Take a look at the other cars beside you on your way to work in the morning. As for myself, I’d like a hybrid or electric car that carried a max of two to four people as I think that’d be the most efficient green car for my needs.

    Oh and @ Lothan…LOL. I’m sure Nissan would like that too.

  • dac

    when is the last time you did a drive over 100 miles during a regular work day?

  • MacPhreak

    Looks like a blue frog!! The eyes and mouth even the shape.

  • Mr.Bear

    @ GR & Dac, I drove 200 miles in one day for work two days ago. I do it at least once a month. I love taking the Prius or HCH out of the motorpool for it because I can bring it back with about ¾ a tank of gas.

    And 200 miles is the short trip. I have another 250 mile route, two 300 mile routes, and on the rare occasion a 500 mile route. All of them are day trips, and no I’m not a trucker.

  • Shrub The War Criminal

    I am 6’4” and have more room than I need in a Prius, front or back seat. In fact most people state that there is more room in my back seat than is most full size cars.

  • Ace

    My simple, non-shallow, non-criticising questions from 3 days ago still stand. I like the idea of a clean, enviro-friendly car, but in order for consumers to make the right choice, some real-world data is needed.

    What sort of range will it provide at various speeds? Is the 100 mile range at 30 mph, or 40 mph or 55 mph? My typical drive to work is posted at 40-50 mph.

    Will the range decrease with additional passengers? I typically drive alone, but when I drive with a friend or two, will my range be curtailed?

    What sort of range is expected with the air conditioning, heater or headlights being used? I live in Denver, Colorado, and air conditioning is important in summer and heat is critical in winter.

    How much does it cost? According to Nissan, the lithium-ion battery is only leased (not purchased), so what will the lease cost in addition to the price of the car? How long does the lease last? If I’m going to buy a car, and the Leaf could be a contender, I want to know the price.

    Home charging via a 200-volt outlet takes approximately 8 hours, yet a “quick charger” at 200 volts, 3-phase can supply an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The Nissan site suggests I could charge my batteries at a shopping mall or restaurant, but is it likely a business would provide that type of service? I’m not criticising, just questioning.

    The car is electric, so it has zero emissions, but how much emission will come from the coal-fired power plant that charges it? Unless the power comes from wind or solar or hydro, there’s going to be some sort of carbon emission.

    I’m not shallow, nor narrow-minded, nor a shill for the oil industry. I have no connection to any auto manufacturer. I work for a company that designs wind power farms. I like the Leaf’s styling and overall concept, but I won’t buy something based on vague statements and feel-good hopes. Nissan’s website lacks answers to my very reasonable and very polite questions.

  • Joe Mehaffey

    If you want good looks and fun to drive, you only need look at the Ford Fusion Hybrid. On the other hand, my last car was a Camry Hybrid. That is a really nice car to drive, but not as stylish and feature rich as the Ford. The Fusion Hybrid is the first car that I can (literally) Talk To and have it do my commands.

  • Mr.Bear

    Ace,

    you will get a decreased range during those cold Denver winters. Batteries hold significantly less charge at colder temperatures. I’ve read a lot of stories on prius forums about guys who have added on Hymotion PHEVs on their Prius’ or have enabled the EV button. Their cars won’t enter EV mode on a cold startup when the ambient temp is below 0 C. The car’s system has to warm up on the gas engine before it is able to kick into EV mode.

    I’m going to wait for at least a good year’s worth of cold weather data on these new electric cars before I bet my commuting distance on one.

  • Peter G.

    There are many good comments and bad ones. Cynicism is misplaced.
    Personally, I think this car is great and long overdue. I live in Hong Kong, which is a highly polluted place, and feel it is extremely beneficial to have zero emissions at the road side even if there is pollution coming from the generation plant because this is far away from the majority of the population. Therefore, this will help reduce health problems and hospital bills enormously.

    No one has made the point that electric cars are far more efficient at turning energy into motion than petrol cars, which are also very complicated. It is only the battery which makes the cost of EVs seem high at the moment. But this cost will come down. I am optimistic for the electric car and all in favour of the new Leaf.
    Well done Nissan! And thank you!

  • ex-EV1 driver

    ACE,
    There was $99.8 million set aside as part of the Federal Government’s
    RECOVERY ACT AWARDS FOR ELECTRIC DRIVE VEHICLE BATTERY AND COMPONENT MANUFACTURING INITIATIVE

    for:

    ETEC and its partner Nissan will demonstrate up to
    5,000 Nissan electric vehicles with a 100 mile range
    and deploy up to 12,500 Level 2 and 250 Level 3
    chargers

    This is a lot of chargers that are now paid for.

  • santos

    just a quick note…. the headlights are LED and will use much less energy then standard Bulbs.

  • Ace

    ex-EV1 driver;

    I thank you for your reply despite your suspicion of my motives (and your all-caps yelling). I’ve been led astray too many times with big promises which turned out to provide low results. Rest assured that I’m not anti-electric or anti-environment, just sceptical of vague claims.

    About 10 years ago I did a fair amount of research in the then-existing technology of electric vehicles, mostly regarding battery weight, range, and dependability. My plan was a semi-enclosed, single-seater, three-wheeled commuter vehicle. I looked at costs versus results. I analyzed battery life, charging methods, recycling needs for old cells, and so on. At the time I felt the materials and components available to a one-off builder like myself did not yield the results I was hoping for.

    I have driven several electric vehicles, most from individuals who used ingenuity to adapt existing cars and trucks. The size and weight of the batteries was a significant drawback, as well as the weight of the donor vehicles which were designed for a different type of use. With that in mind, the homebuilt EVs were fairly efficient and easy to drive despite their increased mass. Knowing the advantages and drawbacks from those crude attempts is partly what motivates me to look at cars such as the Leaf with a quest for details.

    If you’re interested, take a look at my own attempt at a high-mileage, low-cost vehicle at http://www.ProjectVF.com and see for yourself that I’m not just someone with an axe to grind. At the moment my plans are to complete the vehicle with an existing ICE powerplant, but the basic design could easily be adapted to batteries and an electric motor. When better technology is available at a comperable price, I’ll use it.

  • ex-EV1 driver

    Ok Ace, your questions seem straight out of the “GM guide for anti-EV Shills” book but, if you’re really sincerely interested in the answers, let me try to help a bit here:
    If my experience as an EV1 and Tesla Roadster driver is any indication, the 100 Mile EPA Range is probably what you can expect to get driving at about 60 mph on the freeway without air conditioning on. At city speeds below 50 mph, if you take it easy on the acceleration and deceleration, you should also get about the 100 mile per charge rate. Of course, that will be taxing your battery a lot if you run the battery down every day. I don’t recommend that buyers plan on this car if you have to drive more than 80 miles per charge on a daily basis. If your work is more than about 30 miles away from home, I recommend you try to find charging at work. Your wind power farm company should be friendly to this. I’ll also remind folks that the 100 miles is probably at beginning of life. As your battery gets older the max range will decrease.
    I doubt that you’ll see much deviation in max range with 2 passengers but 3 or 4 big ones might have an impact.
    Heating and Air Conditioning (~1 – 2 KW) could take a 5 – 10% hit on your range. Headlights (60 W) won’t affect it in a measurable manner.
    Only Nissan can give you the price and you’ll definitely have it before you have to sign on the dotted line. I’m hearing around $30K but I don’t know if that includes the battery. If you like the car, figure out what price you can swing now, start saving up and keep driving whatever you’re driving now so you can buy when you have enough money saved.
    I suspect we’ll see the kinds of stores that line the interstate rest stops (Subway, KFC, MacDonalds, Starbucks, Denny’s, etc) as well as those who want to put a green face on (Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes, Walmart, Costco, Starbucks, Malls, etc) initially start providing fast chargers. Many Costcos and malls in CA already have (or had) chargers for example. As more cars come on the road, there will be more motivation for stores to put in chargers in order to lure customers to come in. During the time I had my EV1, I had 4 different jobs and was never more than 1 mile from a public charging site in CA. Most of your charging will likely be done slowly at home, during off-peak hours, from the electrical grid, hopefully at greatly reduced rates.
    Regarding emissions: EPRI has done a study comparing well-to-wheel emissions from BEVs and the Prius and determined that because of the much greater efficiency of the BEV, the overall emissions of the BEV are a whole lot lower than the Prius, even assuming that the electricity is generated 100% by coal (assuming the coal plant has filters). Even CO2 emissions (which can’t be filtered out) from 100% coal are about the same for a BEV as a Prius but they only get better as the energy mix moves away from coal. In summary: at worst, the environmental impact of the BEV is the same as a Prius. In reality: it is much better and getting even better.
    I apologize for the harsh reaction but there are a lot of shills who make a lot of money polluting the blogosphere and media with mis-information and inflammatory rhetorical questions against the status quo auto industry.

  • ex-EV1 driver

    Ace,
    I wasn’t yelling, I was just being lazy by pasting the title from another source that happened to be capitalized.
    While you’re clearly sincere but wisely skeptical, I suspect that many of the others who were quick to respond were among the usual host of anti-EV shills.
    Your bike looks cool. I keep hoping for a real electric motorcycle but to date, no one has produced one within my price range.
    You’re correct in that there aren’t very many really good OEM electric vehicle components available today.
    Good luck with the ProjectVF.

  • Fred and Barney

    An electric car would use about 40% as much fossil fuel as a gas car.

  • Ace

    ex-EV1 driver – If you’re still coming to this page, visit my website again and send me an e-mail. I’d enjoy talking with someone who has real-world experience with an electric vehicle.

  • Geddy

    Mattin is right, not all Americans are boneheads.
    There are several some people living in Wyoming I hear.
    The rest are boneheads.
    They fall into two categories:
    The ones that think they’re ‘saving the planet’ by buying a Prius and the ones who say they’re ‘eco’ whatever and drive a Tundra to work.
    The irony! The country with the highest capability of producing efficient cars is the country with the worst track record of buying efficient cars.

  • Geddy2

    some+sane

    What a bonehead!

  • Marcel

    Can’t wait to get one!

  • Nel

    Can’t wait for this car to come out! I’d trade R1000 (South African Rands) in petrol a month for a once-every-second-day-recharge any day! It’s about time greedy oil whores had a change of heart! Well done Nissan! And no, I don’t get the complaints either, I think it’s a lovely looking car, and I’d be the first to purchase it in SA, maybe in black? If there are no variations in exterior and interior colours, I’ll still purchase it though. Did some thorough research, and these guys are clued up, they have really thought of everything well knowing that us as consumers are going to complain and ask a lot of questions… If you ask me though, it’s not going to be a difficult car to sell, not even looks wise, I think she’s gorgoeus!

  • calvin

    I think it looks pretty sleek too. It’s got the Kammback profile like the Prius, which gives it the classic eco-vehicle look. But I think the design works, especially with the futuristic style that the semi-angular lines produce. People who dislike eco-vehicles will naturally shun the design, but a Kammtail reduces drag and only adds to fuel efficiency. I wonder what the aerodynamic qualities of the vehicle is.

    In a way it reminds me of Mercedes’ “Boxfish” car:
    http://www.dancewithshadows.com/auto/mercedes-benz-bionic-car-gallery.asp
    –which has a ridiculously low drag coefficient of just 0.095 (in comparison the Ford Focus’ drag coefficient is 0.32~0.38, varying by year).

    Being able to design a stylish _and_ practical vehicle body with excellent aerodynamic characteristics is no mean feat, and it could be a major area of improving fuel economy in the future.