Nissan Leaf : Electric Car

17 11 2009

Touted as “the world’s first affordable, zero-emissions car,” the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle made its way Stateside with the kickoff of the Nissan Leaf Tour. This program will travel around the U.S., touting the advantages of the Yokohama, Japan- / Nashville, Tennessee-based car maker.

Offering an effective range of 100 miles, the Leaf can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in under 30 minutes with a quick charger . Charging at home through a 200V outlet (with which US homes aren’t equipped so a call to an electrician will be required) to full capacity will take approximately eight hours.

This vehicle certainly isn’t designed for rural areas where the distance between, say, home and work is longer than 100 miles. It’s definitely realistic for city dwellers who drive no more than 30 miles a day between home, work and play. I don’t think this is very realistic. This car is a tough sale for North Americans. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. Sort of.

I really don’t get the electric car craze. We’re simply trading one problem for another. Have car dealers heard of Earth Hour? Aren’t we trying to limit the amount of energy we’re using? I don’t see how electric cars fit into that equation so why are all car companies trying to go electric?

Final question, why is it that all all car companies seem to have amazing in dash electronic control panels that actually function yet we can’t get one into production. Sheet, they look amazing.




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