Nissan first to unveil affordable BEV to the masses!

Discussion in 'Nissan' started by xcel, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] 2010 Nissan Leaf – World’s first BEV_designed for affordability and the real world.

    [fimg=left][/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Aug. 2, 2009

    Nissan LEAF – Estimated to start around $25 to $30,000 and will never use ANY FUEL EVER!

    Nissan unveiling event ushers in a new era for Nissan and mobility.

    Yokohama, Japan -- Nissan today unveiled the Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a Li-Ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.

    Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new zero-emissions era. The car is the embodiment of Nissan's radical, transformative vision for the future and the culmination of decades of investment and research.

    "Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment - one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride," said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality - the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero - not simply reduced - emissions. It's the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey - for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry."

    Introducing the all-new Nissan LEAF BEV!


    Key characteristics of the LEAF include:
    1. Zero-emission power train and platform

    2. Affordable pricing

    3. Distinctive design

    4. Real-world range autonomy - 100 miles

    5. Connected Mobility: Advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system
    The "LEAF" name is a significant statement about the car itself. Just as leaves purify the air in nature, so Nissan LEAF purifies mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. Pricing details will be announced closer to start of sales in late 2010; however, the company expects the car to be competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped C-segment vehicle. Additionally, Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify for an array of significant local, regional and national tax breaks and incentives in markets around the world. As an added benefit, because the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than a traditional gasoline-powered car, Nissan LEAF is designed to be friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment.



    Nissan LEAF is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 107 HP and 206 Lb-Ft. of torque. This ensures a highly responsive, fun-to-drive vehicle that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered automobiles.

    Unlike internal-combustion engine (ICE) equipped vehicles, Nissan LEAF's power train has no tail pipe, and thus no local emissions of CO2 or other greenhouse gases. A combination of Nissan LEAF's regenerative braking system and innovative Li-Ion battery packs enables the car to deliver a driving range of more than 100 miles on one full charge. That 100-miles was not on the ridiculous Japan 10-15 but the US based city test, the LA4.

    Extensive consumer research demonstrates that this range satisfies the daily driving requirements of more than 70% of the world's consumers who drive cars.

    And, Nissan's approach makes charging easy and convenient. Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80% 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 - ample time to enable an overnight refresh for consumer and car alike.



    The engineers and designers behind Nissan LEAF worked to create a competitively priced real-world car that would enable Nissan to lead mobility into the zero-emission era. To ensure comfort, spaciousness and cargo capacity, Nissan LEAF employs a completely new chassis and body layout.

    "Our car had to be the world's first, medium-size, practical EV that motorists could afford and would want to use every day. And that's what we've created. The styling will identify not only Nissan LEAF but also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission mobility," said Masato INOUE, Product Chief Designer.



    Even the smallest details can yield tremendous effect.

    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 that announces, "This car is special." But the headlights do more than make a statement. They are also designed to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag. And, the headlights provide yet one more benefit in that they consume just 10 percent of the electricity of conventional lamps, which helps Nissan LEAF to achieve its world-class range autonomy.

    Through bright trim colors inside, Nissan LEAF creates a pleasing and stylish cabin environment. An environmentally friendly "blue earth" color theme originates from the Aqua Globe body color of Nissan LEAF's introductory model. This theme is carried into the interior through blue dashboard highlights and instrument illumination.



    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.

    "The IT system is a critical advantage," says Tooru ABE, Chief Product Specialist. "We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers. We also wanted this vehicle to help create a zero-emission community, and these IT features will help make that possible."



    The Nissan LEAF is a critical first step in establishing the era of zero-emission mobility; however, Nissan recognizes that internal-combustion engine (ICE) technologies will play a vital role in global transportation for decades to come. Because of this, Nissan is implementing its zero-emission vision through a holistic approach, which provides consumers a comprehensive range of eco-friendly technologies from which to choose.

    For some consumers, Nissan LEAF will be the perfect match, and the only car they will ever need. For others, Nissan LEAF will be a logical addition to the family fleet - the optimal choice for the daily commute, for example.

    While zero-emission is the ultimate goal, the company is committed to ongoing innovation in eco-friendly technologies that increase efficiency and reduce emissions. As a result, Nissan offers a comprehensive suite of automotive technologies, including CVT, Idle Stop, HEV, Clean Diesel, and ongoing research and investment in FCV technology.


    Zero-emission mobility programs under the banner of the Renault-Nissan Alliance include partnerships with countries such as the UK and Portugal, local governments in the Japan and the USA, and other sectors, for a total of nearly 30 partnerships worldwide.

    In these partnerships major efforts focus on three areas:
    • Development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure through public and private investment.
    • Incentives and subsidies from local, regional, and national governments.
    • Public education on the individual and societal benefits of zero-emissions mobility.

    Nissan LEAF is the first in the company's forthcoming line of EVs and is a major milestone in the realization of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's vision for zero-emission mobility. The first of Nissan's EV's will be manufactured at Oppama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for Smyrna, Tennessee, USA. Meanwhile, lithium-ion batteries are being produced in Zama, Japan, with additional capacity planned for the USA, the UK and Portugal, and other sites for investment are under study around the world.

    For more information, check out Nissan Zero Emission Mobility.

    Thank You Nissan and congratulations on what appears to be the first purpose built OEM BEV!
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar



    Now THAT looks like something that belongs in my garage attached to my outlet! :D :D :D
  3. BailOut

    BailOut My favorite holiday is Earth Day!

    While I'm glad to see a mass produced, somewhat affordable BEV, this one already violates 2 of the entries on my no-no list:

    1) It looks like it uses a proprietary charger. If I can't charge it, even at a longer time, from a standard 110V/15A wall socket then it lacks the flexibility I will demand from my BEV. If it needs anything beyond a standard 240V/30A for "standard" charging that also kills it for me. My BEV will have an on-board charger that can handle either of those circuits common to the U.S.

    2) "Connected to the global data center". Nope. If I can't control if, what, when and how it sends or receives data, and to/from which sources, I want no part of it.
  4. Jedi2155

    Jedi2155 Well-Known Member

    Although I'm not 100% sure, that vehicle might have both standard US 110v and the one in the picture might be a conductive 3-phase hi-powered charger for fast charging capabilities. I've already seen that type of design in a number of EV's such as the Mitsubishi iMiEV (cool little car if a little expensive for the range).
  5. bnther

    bnther Well-Known Member

    I absolutely agree.
    Still it's nice to see an effort. :)
  6. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Here's a video highlighting some of the features:

    Brian, I can't speak to their connected service (sounds like OnStar?) but that plug looks like the new standard -- SAE J1772. I expect that it has a normal 3 prong plug on the other end which can be plugged into any standard electrical outlet. The flap on the left (in the charging hatch) looks to be proprietary and is used for the quick charge function (as seen in the video to the left).

    I'm not sure how I feel about the OnStar type system (though it would be nice to control functions from my iPhone!), but it doesn't look like there is going to be a way to pull a generator trailer. :p

    Maybe I can live with that though. Especially if they put in a charging station in Brainerd. ;)

    LED headlights FTW! :D
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2009
  7. roadrunner

    roadrunner Well-Known Member

    I like it. Would prefer a nice two door model, not four. If I had to choose this or the Volt, it would be this BEV.
  8. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    The wife and I still can't do our daily grind with it carpooling. 100 miles and 8 hour charge time = FAIL in my book.
  9. Indigo

    Indigo Witch with wry sense of humor

    BBut what will the price be?
  10. amoreira

    amoreira New Member

    It'll probably be priced to be competitive with hybrids such as the Prius.

    All I can say is thank God the oil barons are out of power (i.e. Bush/Cheney), otherwise they'd rig the regulations to keep it out of America.
  11. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Looking good. Progress is the word.
  12. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    You have no proof of that. No American oil man or stock holder can bust out a number per barrel much less production and refining. Why don't you grow up! You know nothing of the petro/chemical ind. Nor does Wayne. He is a Nuke dude.

    Americans,,, the new world order,,, point finger at anybody but yourself. And beg for a hand out and place blame with all but there selves..... MOVE ON!
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jeff:

    ___Here is one. 60% of the cost of a BBl of oil goes outside our country. A Half Trillion $'s per year give or take. This does not include the 3/4 of a Trillion we spent in Iraq and the rest of the defense dept. to keep that drug coming in.

    ___The hand out is everytime you pump a gallon of gasoline. Now if we could stop it from being a gallon and instead only take 4/10 of a gallon, we are in business.

    ___Fortunately, the BEV breaks it to 0 gallons and that is what makes the tech so wonderful :)

    ___I hate paying for the handout everytime a gallon of gasoline is consumed, how about you???

    ___Good Luck

  14. amoreira

    amoreira New Member

    1) I for one work in the oil industry - project mgmnt for upstream projects. 2) I'm a Canadian and certainly won't point the finger at myself. 3) Bush sued the Ca govt. for trying to enact stricter standards for fuel efficiency on the big 3. 4) No proof but I wouldn't hesitate to place a wager on it (it's all a moot point now). 5) There's nothing good in Exxon Mobil, Chevron or BP or any of the other oil majors. There's nothing good in protecting them or defending their interests. They certainly have the legal and financial resources to handle that all by themselves. And I'm sure they'll go at this with all fists flying. In the words of Bachman Turner Overdrive "Let it ride".
  15. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    The war does need to end. But to announce the day we leave is stupid. And yes I think Saddam needed to be hung.

    It's better to drink there oil than ours. And we have a lot. Now are the oil men at fault for driving the market and speculators. NO!!! It is a crux of our nat. security.

    The EV tech is great! But in the world of tech it's basically no better than the turn of the century tech. Limited miles per what ever measure and still long recharge. And just another form of acid on wheels. None of the extreme tech concerning battery's has came true. If it had my laptop would go atleast 24 hours at a 30% over all system load. Where are you going to develope and test the tech? It's not going to be your friggin car.

    Are you the 50 mpg man or I don't walk paying anything concerning fuel tax? While I want to own my last hot rod it will not be my daily driver. I have a HCHII titled in my name bought with out a damn bit of help from my fellow use to be real Americans. I didn't ask you for a ****ing penny to buy my Mazda nor my Ranger. Nor would I ask you to fund the update of my home or ask you for credit because I've broke down many of my fish tanks.

    Wake up. Japan Honda's and Yotas are built in America,,, and it shows. The puter you run this site from. ( And a darn good one may I add ) only has patent rights. Its a world economy. You buy a Ford parts of it are made in Mexico. Buy GM and some of there junk is openly from China. One of the few things other than the MPG and Emissions on the HCHII I respect and enjoy is the car was born in Japan as was my MZ3. With our world economy why would anybody think we are over all hurt when it comes to oil?

    Wayne I have hugged you,,, I don't call you brother for no reason or to be or to be ,,,, cool. I don't refer to you as friend because it's cool. I have respect for you and the movement! But your not showing me any respect! Or your fellow use to be real Americansa any respect concerning this matter.

    We as a movement and ID are doing all we can do at times and even more. I don't understand at any level why you and your kind wish to make us pay. We have not asked you or your kind for a dime.

    Who are you and your likewise supporters to take mine and I'm trying to do right. And I damn well don't like the HCHII. What a over priced car, even at the price we paid for it. InsightII owners are getting screwed to death. And while the PIII is by all accounts a near break through car. It's still a over priced.

    Wayne why do you support a war against your own? I just don't understand. I don't understand why you wish to screw your own brothers and sisters. The old middle east rant is a a call to war without a greenie call. Fact is,,,,, its old and wrong INHO. It's omg thing to drive a Ford around Washington. And another for a 18 year old passing out cp flo's to all in my house today and not asking for or accepting a dime. The movement is alive and well. But it appears it's no where near what you demand.

    So why don't you and yours pay for it!!!! And leave the rest of us alone... How much is enough?

    Just a adder:

    Laura just got back from visiting a friend of ours who is form Germany. She ( her friend ) has been a citizen for 40 years here. Her friend's sister just flew in from Germany with cash in hand to to seek American health care. She is aq nurse in Germany and her American husband is a IT guy for BMW. They have money,,, they are not poor and with her being a nurse in Germany. She knows she is a dead woman walking if she stayed in Germany. She flew into all places in the USA to Tulsa, Ok. to get state of the art care. She is begging folks poor, middle class or rich to not do state health care. My wife is horrified by her state of over all health. The cancer is eating her up and they can not even buy care in Germany. She does not smoke, drink, ( rare for a German ) do drugs and is a veggie soy freak. Had her only child at 38 years of age. A health care professional. And had to leave her native country to seek health care.

    You folks that seem to believe making others pay for your life and or correcting over all mans issues are so wrong it's crazy. I worked in a hospital for 8 years in Tulsa. At any given time 6% of our patients were from Canada alone. That was not counting the rest of the world.

    Wayne and others run up with cash for junkers is just a run up for the new UK in the OK. Pick your state. In the long run it won't mean a thing. Just more debt!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2009
  16. cuchulain

    cuchulain He who posts articles


    Although being able to charge at work, 110V/1.5kW/8hrs would give a 150m possible range and 200V would give a possible 200mile range, I agree with Jeff, I would not use for a RT 100m commute as something could go wrong with work or overnight charge. I would not dismiss its rapid charge capability though, if there was at least 1 rapid charge point(preferably more than one), 10minutes for 25m, 30minutes for 80mile charge somewhere along the route then with work charging a 150m RT looks possible. With no charge at work, then I would only use for a less than 50m RT commute.

    Good Luck
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jeff:

    ___Have you followed our Ford Focus BEV coverage at all??? Transit Connect? Aptera? Tesla? Zero-S? Quantya?

    ___It is not about there money and our money. We already corrupted ourselves and if we paid what a gallon actually cost, we would be driving Fiesta and Focus ECOnetic's instead of pretending we need Expeditions and Durango's. The Expi and Durango are not the answer no matter where they are made. Its how fast they drink and what you and I pay so they can drink that pisses me off.

    ___And thus this excellent announcement that an affordable BEV is on the way!!!

    ___Good Luck

  18. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    While I was remembering that the Renault-Nissan project was associated with the project Better Place (you don't buy batteries, you pay for their use and you can swap them with full ones, this makes the car much less expensive) I can't find any reference to Better Place or their technology in Nissan's announcements and their BEV web site.

    Any idea ?

  19. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Hi, Dennis -- I've seen a QA at the bottom of the US Nissan Leaf site that states they haven't yet decided whether to lease or sell the battery. My guess is that either they will only sell it, or they will offer both a lease and a purchase option.
  20. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    Thx Sean.

    I think both options will be of interest :
    • Better Place for the long distance travel car, or people who can't connect their car to the grid
    • Own batteries for the little BEV for daily commute
    In both cases, having a BEV will require people to change their minds as they will have to remember their autonomy and manage all their travels. Because this, people may prefer hybrids to BEV during decades... Personally, if I can keep the megane long enough (2012) then I know I will have difficulties to decide... currently as there is no BEV, I'd prefer buying a second hand Prius II over a gas/diesel C4 coupé.

    About the better place solution, I think I would prefer to have the possibility to charge the pack by myself.

    Anyway, I wish this BEV project will be an on-time reality, at the opposite of all hybrid/BEV French projects.


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