Nissan has created a new, floor-mounted wireless charging station for the Leaf that will be available for both public and private installation.
Click here for our review on the Nissan Leaf.
The new charging station works by the driver driving over the floor where the system is installed, where the charging station will recognize the Leaf is there and begin charging, or it will charge via command over a smartphone app.
One downside to the new charging station is that there is no retro-fit available. The car needs pads installed to the underside, and battery revisions to operate, so 2013 models and later will come equipped to work with the station.
Click here for more news on the Nissan LEAF.
At this point, Nissan says the system will operate in outdoor conditions uncovered, but there are no details on how it can be installed.
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.
– By: Alexandra Koken