Imperial Coach Builders sets off to build Nissan LEAF limousine

2011 Nissan LEAF

Imperial Coach Builders of Springfield, Mo. have just announced that they will be converting a Nissan LEAF into a limousine, giving green-conscious celebrities a chance to really represent themselves.

ICB plans on extending the vehicle’s length by about 48 inches. Considering that all of the battery and electricl equipment are scattered throughout the car, this is quite a challenge. Thankfully however, ICB is a subsidiary of Electric Car Company Inc. so they have the technology to help them with the project.

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As part of the design, ICB said that the new Nissan LEAF limousine will have double the seating capacity in the back. Specifications to the layout have yet to be released, but having the seats face each other seems like the most logical setup.

“This will be the first conversion of this revolutionary vehicle and the first pure electric limousine,” said Electric Car Company President Gary Spaniak.

What still remains in question though, is what the extra length will do to the LEAF’s performance. The modifications will undoubtedly add weight to the LEAF’s 3,375 lbs, so how it will effect the 100-mile range has yet to be determined.

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Refresher: Power for the 2012 Nissan LEAF comes from a 107-hp electric-motor that runs on power supplied by lithium-ion cells. On a full-charge, the Nissan LEAF allows for a driving range of 100 miles with a top speed of 90 mph. A full charge takes up to 8 hours on a standard 200V outlet. Buyers can opt for the DC 50kW quick-charger, which recharges the battery up to 80 percent in under 30 minutes. Prices for the 2012 Nissan LEAF will start at $35,200.

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– By: Chris Chin

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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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