At the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show Nissan will show its new Nissan Leaf – it’s 367 mpg (estimated using Department of Energy”s formula) electric-car. According to Automotive News, Nissan will be touting much more than just the Leaf’s zero-emissions.
Nissan will show consumers that the Leaf is not just any ordinary car and will have the following innovative features:
- Bumpers and interior trim made from recycled plastic bottles and fabrics.
- Batteries that can be recharged remotely through the driver’s mobile phone.
- Special tires to reduce running noise.
- Rear tail fins to improve aerodynamics and deliver a slick 0.28 drag coefficient.
- A high-pitched sound like the flying cars in the 1982 film Blade runner.
The 2010 Nissan Leaf will go on sale in the U.S. next year. Nissan expects to have 20,000 units of the Leaf pre-sold in the United States alone and plans to build 200,000 units worldwide by 2012.
The five-seater Nissan LEAF EV is powered by lithium ion cells that provide energy to the 107-hp electric motor with a peak torque of 208 lb-ft. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF can travel a total of 100 miles with a top speed of 87 mph.
2010 Nissan LEAF EV:
– By: Omar Rana