Fuel efficiency and "being green" is all the rage these days when it comes to trends in the automotive world. Carmakers have been paying attention and running full speed with this new way of thinking. The hybrid vehicle has been around for a while now and has definitely made its impact on consumers. Now, there is a new kid on the block to give the hybrid a run for its money - the electric car.
Nissan introduced their first all-electric vehicle amidst heavy anticipation on August 2nd. Nissan claims that the LEAF is an electric car for the real world, affordable and incredibly environmentally friendly. One thing right off the bat that the LEAF seems to have over its hybrid competitors is that space was not compromised during production. It is a roomy, 5 passenger hatchback that seems to actually comfortably fit that many people.
Now, what about the "green" specifications of this new electric car? It runs on a lithium-ion battery that can be charged from a charging station, much like you would your cell phone. This type of battery provides a smooth, responsive driving experience much like your typical gasoline-powered engine. The LEAF also has zero emissions and a range of 100 miles on a single charge maxisys elite. Just as the name suggests, cars like this can help purify the exhaust-filled air we all breathe every day.
Consumers can get these 200v charging stations installed by a professional electrician at their homes. To gain a full charge, the car needs to be plugged in for 7-8 hours which is plenty of time for an overnight refresher. The car can also be brought up to 80% power on a "quick charge" in about 30 minutes. The one downside so far is the production cost for these batteries MaxiDiag Elite MD802. Right now, they cost about $10,000 to produce which could hurt the wallet a bit. Nissan is hoping however, that as production rises, the cost will come down. In the immediate future though, Nissan is relying on government-backed programs to help ease some of their cost and enable them to keep the actual cost of the LEAF affordable.
Another great feature the LEAF comes equipped with is a system called the Connected Mobility IT System. This system really allows the car to be interactive for both driver and passenger. Through this system, the car will be connected to a global data center that can stream information and entertainment 24 hours a day. The LEAF also has a monitor mounted on the dashboard that not only lets the driver know how much power they have left but also directs them to the nearest charging station. You can visit Nissan's website for more information on this state-of-the-art technology.
As the launch (slated for sometime in late 2010) approaches, more specifications will be released along with detailed information on the cost of the vehicle. It seems however, that Nissan is truly committed to releasing this car as an affordable option for every family and to lead the way into an emissions-free future on our roads.
Scott Conklin is the president of Conklin Cars, a leading provider of Kansas Nissan, Kansas Honda, and Kansas Toyota vehicles with locations in Hutchinson, Salina, and Newton. Conklin Cars can be found online at: ConklinCars.com .