2010 Nissan Leaf EV Electric Car

Nissan hasn’t really played the hybrid game. Besides the Toyota-technology very limited production Altima Hybrid, Nissan has nothing for sale with an electric motor. Before you assume that Carlos Ghosn and company have been asleep at the wheel, Nissan has been planning something bigger. Rather than compete against the hybrid Juggernaut that Toyota has become, Nissan plans to leapfrog them, and build an EV – electric vehicle.

Meet the 2010 Nissan Leaf EV
The somewhat oddly-proportioned car you see here is the 2010 Nissan Leaf. A roughly Versa-sized vehicle, the Leaf is estimated to get 100 miles per charge – which Nissan says should meet the needs of 70% of the world’s drivers. If you take a moment to think about it, the Leaf would probably work for you as well. How often do you even approach 100 miles in a single day?

2010 Leaf EV Specs

  • 48 lithion ion battery modules, each made up of 4 cells
  • 8 hour charge time with 220 volt charger
  • 16 hour charge time with 110 volt charger
  • 24 kWh total capacity
  • Less than 1/4 fuel cost compared to gasoline

Nissan is shooting for a price point similar to the midsize Altima – so rougly around the $23-25k range, after federal tax credits. There is also talk of leasing the batteries, which would presumably be an added expense. Will the Leaf be a smash hit? Probably not. But hopefully there are enough early adopters to encourage Nissan to build a second generation, better than the first. Electric cars are the future, whether we like it or not.

2010 Nissan Leaf EV Gallery

Published on August 4, 2009 in Electric Cars,Nissan

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