The LEAF, Nissan’s first all-electric production vehicle, makes its US market debut. It is designed from the ground up to be a dedicated EV, versus an electrified version of an engine-powered vehicle.
It is powered by an alternating-current electric motor producing 107-hp and 207 lb ft. (280 Nm) of torque, fueled by a 90 kilowatt (120-hp) battery pack. According to Nissan, it can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge. The battery pack can be charged up to 80% capacity in 30 minutes with a quick charger, or full capacity in eight hours with a 200-volt AC outlet.
Drivers may use a cell phone to set charging functions and activate air conditioning remotely, even when the vehicle is turned off.
It will initially be imported from the automaker’s Oppama, Japan plant. Production is slated to begin at Nissan’s Smyrna, TN facility by 2012 for the ’13 model year.