NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 20, 2011) Today, at the New York International Auto Show, the 100-percent electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF was named 2011 World Car of the Year, edging out the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A8 for the top spot. Today's award is the latest in a string of accolades for the world's first affordable mass-market, all-electric vehicle for the global market, which was also named European Car of the Year. "It is a great joy that the world's first, mass-marketed electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, has won the prestigious award of 2011 World Car of the Year," said Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "This accolade recognizes Nissan LEAF, a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, as comparable in its driving performance, quietness and superb handling to gas-powered cars. And it validates Nissan's clear vision and the values of sustainable mobility that we want to offer to customers around the world." The World Car Awards jurors observed that, "The Leaf is the gateway to a brave new electric world from Nissan. This 5-seater, 5-door hatchback is the world's first, purpose-built, mass-produced electric car. It has a range of over 100 miles on a full charge claims Nissan, takes around 8 hours to recharge using 220-240V power supply and produces zero tailpipe emissions. Its low center of gravity produced sharp turn-in with almost no body roll and no understeer. The good news? It feels just like a normal car, only quieter." The World Car of the Year competition was launched in 2004, with winners chosen by a panel of automotive journalists from Asia, Europe and North America. Nissan LEAF is available in Japan, the United States and select European markets and will be released in other global markets in 2012. The vehicle is currently built at Nissan's Oppama, Japan plant. It also will be manufactured at the company's Smyrna, Tenn., plant in the United States in late 2012 and at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom by early 2013. Aiming to be the world leader in zero-emission vehicles, Nissan, with its Alliance partner, Renault, has formed partnerships with more than 90 governments, cities and other organizations around the world not only to develop and produce EV and lithium-ion batteries but also to promote sustainable mobility. Nissan is also taking a comprehensive approach to encourage to the world to more sustainable mobility such as improvement of charging service, infrastructure deployment, the promotion of the use of recycled materials and overall energy management system including second-life use of lithium-ion batteries.
The New York Times: First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks "Tax
credits, rebate checks, personalized home visits, government giveaways
-- even customer service calls from top corporate executives.
first all-electric car from a major auto company, the Nissan Leaf,
arrives at dealerships in December, but thousands of Americans are
already learning that going electric can come with perks like no other
"It just keeps getting better and better," said
Justin McNaughton, among the 20,000 people who have reserved a Leaf. "My
wife thinks it's funny because at the end of the day, we're just buying
Since Mr. McNaughton, a lawyer in Nashville, paid his
$99 deposit, he has been bombarded with government incentives --
promises of a $7,500 federal tax credit, a $2,500 cash rebate from the
state of Tennessee, and a $3,000 home-charging unit courtesy of the
When he had questions about the Leaf, the
answers came in a 40-minute telephone call from a senior manager in
Nissan's corporate planning department.
"You kind of feel like you're one of the chosen people," Mr. McNaughton said.
It is all part of an unprecedented effort by federal, state and local
governments to stimulate demand for cars that have zero tailpipe
emissions -- and Nissan's pre-emptive bid to corner the all-electric
market much the way that Toyota dominated the early hybrid market with
The government subsidies are shaving thousands of
dollars off the Leaf's $32,780 sticker price, while other benefits are
piling up, like free parking in some cities and the use of express lanes
on highways usually reserved for cars with multiple passengers.
Tennessee, where a Leaf assembly plant is being built, Leaf drivers
will be able to charge their vehicles free at public charging stations
on 425 miles of freeways that connect Nashville, Knoxville and
"It's almost shocking how many subsidies are
available on the Leaf," said Jeremy P. Anwyl, chief executive of the
auto research Web site Edmunds.com. "We are putting a lot of money
behind this technology."
Nissan expects the typical Leaf buyer to
fit a highly desirable demographic: affluent, college-educated
consumers in their mid-40s who are both environmentally sensitive and
willing to take a chance that electric technology will be as safe and
reliable as internal combustion engines." [Read on..]
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Japanese auto giant Nissan has been declared the winner in
the unofficial race to develop a mass-market electric vehicle. It did so
by unveiling a new battery-powered car called the Nissan Leaf, which
the firm said will be in showrooms in Japan, the U.S. and Europe by the
end of next year.
manufacturer said that unlike existing two-seater electric vehicles, the
medium-sized hatchback would seat five adults, with a top speed of
about 90mph and a range of more than 100 miles between recharges. It
added that according to its own research, the range would be sufficient
to cover 70 percent of journeys taken by motorists
will make around 100,000 electric vehicles from 2011 or 2012 in Smyrna,
Tennessee. He declined to give many more details, pointing out that
Nissan is still waiting to hear from the Department of Energy regarding
an application for loans made under the $25 billion program created by
Congress to help automakers upgrade factories to produce more
In Japan, Nissan's EV plans continue to move ahead. On
August 2, Nissan will show off the first of three EVs it plans to begin
making in 2010. Renault, Nissan's major shareholder and partner, will
make three more. Ghosn says the six models will come in a range of
different shapes and styles, including larger and smaller cars, and a
commercial vehicle. In 2010, Nissan will make 50,000 electric cars
before increasing production at its Oppama plant. In addition to the
Smyrna plans in the U.S., a further plant will also be added in Europe,
although its location is still to
Magazine Names Nissan LEAF Among The 50 Best Inventions of 2009
TIME Magazine named the Nissan LEAF as one of
"The 50 Best Inventions of 2009."
According to the article:
"It's not the world's first electric car, but
the Nissan Leaf, launched in August, is the first fully electric
vehicle built for mass production for the global market. To help drivers
shift their thinking from gas to green, Japan's third largest automaker
has about 30 partnerships worldwide focused on developing an
infrastructure of battery-recharging stations to keep electric vehicles
on the roads. The car's top speed is more than 90 m.p.h. (145 km/h), and
its range is 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge. When it moves, it
makes a futuristic sound like the flying cars in Blade Runner. Nissan
will produce 50,000 Leafs each year at its Oppama plant, southwest of
Tokyo, starting in the fall of 2010."
Other vehicles named on the list include the World's
Fastest (Steam-Powered) Car and the Edible Race Car.
No press release will be issued.
Please click here to view TIME's full list of inventions and to "rate"
the Nissan LEAF. TIME's online poll results currently show LEAF ranked
#10 on the "50 Best" Inventions" list, with an average rating of 75
through more than 8,000 cast votes.
is it doing in crash test
A:The LEAF (like all Nissan
cars) is built to pass federal safety regulations and our own rigorous
Q:What kind of warranty will this car
A:The details of the warranty are
not yet determined, but our warranty coverage will certainly be
Q:I live in an apartment how would I go about charging the
A:Start talking to your apartment
complex about charging stations. You can also use public
Q:What kind of battery will be in the
A:LEAF uses a unique laminated
Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 24kWh and a power of over
many charging stations are being planned for Nissan's US facilities so
their employees can utilize these cars ?
A:This is still in the planning
phase, but we will certainly support our EV
colors will be available? Is the Zero-Emission side decal going to be
included on the production
A:There will be a range of
colors, to be finalized closer to production. Decal is only part of the
Q:Could we get a tax deduction for owning one since it's so
A:No joke - the fed
gov is looking at up to $7,500 in tax credits for EV buyers! There could
be local incentives too.
Q:If I drive 50 miles a day, will it hurt
the battery if I "top it off" every night? Will it only take 8 hours
from a 110v outlet to
charging, and topping-off will not hurt the battery. It does not have
Q:What happens if you run out of electricity on the
A:The IT System in the LEAF shows
you vehicle and battery status, charging locations and tips for
Q:Are their designs for future Leafs that will go farther than
100 miles on a single charge?
vision is to constantly improve our vehicles to meet our customers'
fast can this car go?
A:We're targeting a top speed of up to 90 mph.
Q:I drive 30k
miles a year but never more then 100 miles aday. Would a Leaf work for
A:Definitely! You are with the
majority - 98% of Americans don't drive more than 100 miles a
the infrastructure first, why would I by the car when I would be
tethered to my home for charging?
A:We are working with all levels of gov and private
corps to grow infrastructure. You can help by supporting this
sure are you of the 100 mile range? I would hate to be stranded at work.
My drive to work is about 60 miles round trip.
A:The 100-mile range is based on
EPA testing & a rating system involving real-world driving
Q:Is an upgrade to my home electrical system required to set
up the charging station?
evaluation is part of the purchase process. You can start the process by
signing up for LEAF news.
Q:Where will the Nissan Leaf be
A:First models will be built in
Japan, and later in Tennessee for mass
Q:Where are the batteries located? Will they take up a lot of
the hatch space?
A:The battery is located in the floor of the
vehicle, so it has a minimal intrustion into the interior
long does the "quick charge" take, and would it be available for home
A:Quick-charging will charge the
battery to 80% in about 26 minutes. This will be available at public
Q:What is the estimated
A:We really can't estimate a
price, except to say that we're targeting the range of other typical
Q:How much will a replacement battery cost?
A:At this point, we can't
estimate a cost. We'll be able to share more when more info is
Q:Will it be front wheel drive?
this vehicle have a drive train or is it motors in the
A:It has a drive
discussions with Zenn and their Zennergy system using EEStor
A:This is not part of
our current program.
Q:What kind of front headlights do you
A:LED headlights and taillights.
LEDs use far less power than conventional
the leaf be towed by lifting the front and leaving the rear wheels on
A:Yes, it can be towed this
rumors about an iPhone app to monitor the vehicles charging status and
activate AC remotely. Is this in the works?
A:We're working on a web-based
system for control of car functions. It will work with any web
generates cabin heat without engine
A:The LEAF uses a safe and
enclosed electric heater - like a space
know the range is roughly 100 miles, but is that doing 70mph for 30
miles a day, or more like
A:The 100-mile range is in
standard driving conditions - some highway, some
there a waiting list being created to buy one of these vehicles? Can you
say when in 2010 they will be available?
A:Can't give an exact date in
2010 they will be avail, but we're hoping to have pre-ordering online in
Q:Since the Leaf solely runs on electricity, would charging
from home dramatically increase my electricity
A:Home charging will still cost
money (on average, 90 cents/charge), but just think - no paying for
can I do as a consumer to help bring your vehicle to this
A:Keep encouraging your local
government to support green technology and an EV charging
Q:How much would it cost to charge the car at the charging
station. Any ideas?
A:It should cost
around $0.90 to "fill the tank", making it 3x less expensive than gas to
travel the same dist.
Q:Is there any initiative to develop non-home charging
A:Certainly - our Zero Emission
Total Solution is committed to a wide chrgng network for home, work and
Q:What distance does it cover on a single
long will the battery last? Can it be
A:The battery will last around
5 years. We are investigating post-automotive applications for
an electric Versa?
A:There are some
similarities with the Versa in the body shape, but the LEAF is a true
Q:How much does the heater reduce the range of the
A:Running the heater or a/c will
have a small impact on the range, just as it will in a gas-powered car.
great, but do we need to worry about a mess down the road from these
A:We are working on
"second-life" uses for batteries. As more details are available, we will
Q:Has anyone considered solar panels on
the vehicle for recharging the
A:There are a lot of decisions
yet to make. At this point, we can't say if solar might be a future
Q:what is it a compact or full size
A:LEAF is a compact, 5-door
family sedan, with seating for 5.
Q:How long does it take
A:A full charge will take
4-8 h on a 220V outlet (like a dryer uses). Quick-charging will be avail
Q:what is the difference between this and a
A:No tailpipe! The LEAF runs on
100% electricity, while a hybrid uses a combo of electricity and
the 0 to 60? What is it's top
A:No exact 0-60 at this point,
but it accels like a V6. We're targeting a top speed of more than
will this beauty be available in the us market
A:It will be on the road in some
markets (CA, OR, WA, AZ, TN, NC) in 2010, with more states to
great to cut down on vehicle emissions, but shouldn't i worry about the
power plant used to generate the electricity too
A:Even in its dirtiest form, the grid
is 60% cleaner than gas. And it will get cleaner over time, unlike gas.
be multiple options on how/where to charge
A:Absolutely. You'll be able to
charge at home, at work and at stations along your
here's a question: will Nissan make the EV available through all its
dealers in every state?
A:Initially, it will be avail. in markets with a
charging infrastructure. That includes CA, OR, WA, AZ, NC, &
electric motor is smaller than a gas engine. The gas tank is gone and
the battery under the floor. Much more luggage space?
A:No gas tank means a lot more
leg room in the back seat. It's very
Q:Will the price include the battery pack? Or will there be an
option to rent/lease the battery pack?
A:Leasing vs. buying the battery
isn't ironed out yet. Looking at which options best meet our customers'
there be a standard power plug (110/220V), or do we have to buy an
proprietary power outlet or power station?
A:Home charging req's a 220V
line + an Electric Vehicle Service Equipment unit (to protect from
surges) for ~$500
Q:Any availability outside the
A:The EV will be on the road in the
US and Japan in 2010. Additional markets are being
Q:There is great anticipation for the Nissan EV ! Would we get
a ballpark price ?
A:All we can say for
now is that the plan is to price it in the range of a typical family