What is it? The Nissan Leaf is a new five-seat electric hatchback destined for sale in Europe, Japan, and the United States. Leaf will be a zero-emissions vehicle powered by a 90kW lithium-ion battery pack. Nissan claims a 100-mile range. Leaf can be charged to 80 percent in 30 minutes with a quick charger or fully charged from a 200-volt home outlet for eight hours. The price has not yet been announced, but Nissan says it will be priced similarly to a well-equipped sedan. That could mean the mid to upper $20s.
Leaf will be connected to a global data center that will provide driver support, information, and entertainment. A true mobile connected device, the Leaf will allow owners to use a cell phone to turn off the air conditioning and configure charging even when the vehicle is not powered. A display will show Leaf's remaining power and also the location of the nearest charging station.
When will it be available? Late 2010.