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This launch heralds a new era for Nissan and for transport

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.. today unveiled Nissan LEAF, the first affordable car zero issuance in the world. Designed specifically for a chassis with lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF, has intermediate car hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of over 160 km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF, whose launch is planned in 2010 in Japan, the United States and Europe, announces a new era in transportation, that has zero emission. This car embodies the radical changes included in the future plans of Nissan and the culmination of decades of investment and research. "The LEAF represents an incredible success, success which all Nissan employees can be proud of," stated Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan. "We have worked tirelessly to that day comes, the launch of a practical car has zero emission, and not only reduced emissions. This is the first stage of an extraordinary odyssey for people around the world , for Nissan and for the automotive industry. "

Among the main characteristics of the LEAF include:

Powertrain and platform zero emission;

an affordable price;

a unique design;

a realistic self - 160 km (100 miles);

a mode of transportation industry with a system of intelligent transport (IT) evolved.

The name, "LEAF" (sheet), says a lot about the car itself. Just as leaves purify the air, the Nissan LEAF purifies transport by eliminating the emission. The sale price of the car will be announced shortly before the start of its sale later in 2010, but Nissan expects it to be competitive and within the range of those of a well-equipped compact car. Additionally, Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify a whole series of reliefs and tax incentives on markets worldwide, as well as a local regional or national scale. LEAF adds another advantage, that of a less complex than a traditional gasoline car mechanics, which makes the portfolio as benign for the environment.

Zero Emission Transport

Nissan LEAF is powered by batteries compact lithium-ion structure-rolled who develop more than 90 kW electric motor and provides 80 kW/280 Nm This results in a car nervous and pleasant, whose behavior is similar to that consumers look for in a traditional automobile gasoline.

The powertrain of the Nissan LEAF has no exhaust pipe, and thus, unlike that of a vehicle internal combustion engine, emits no CO (2) or other greenhouse gas emissions. The combination of regenerative braking system and innovative battery packs lithium ion gives the car has a range of over 160 km (100 miles) on a full load *. (* U.S. LA4 mode). Conducted with the extensive consumer research has shown that autonomy meets the daily needs of more than 70% of car drivers in the world.            

In addition, the approach adopted by Nissan makes charging easy and convenient. Nissan LEAF can reach up to 80% of a full charge in less than 30 minutes with a quick charger. It is estimated that the battery charging at home through a 200V outlet would take about eight hours, ample time for the car owner and have a well-deserved rest.

Realistic car

The engineers and designers who worked on the LEAF have created a realistic car competitive price that will have Nissan to transport an activity has zero emission. The LEAF has also been endowed with a body and a completely unpublished frame whose design took account of outbursts and comfort of passengers and the luggage space. "Our car had to be the first electric car in the world, practice and intermediate size that drivers could buy without breaking the bank and WISH drive every day. This is what we created. Line of Nissan LEAF not only be readily recognizable, but also indicate that the car owner intends to participate in the new era of transport without emission ", a remark Masato Inoue, Chief Designer.

Unique design

Even the smallest details can make a big difference. The front line of the LEAF is characterized by an acute V-shape incorporating LED headlights (LED) adapters and incline, Reflective blue light that says "this car is special." But the headlights do more than provide a position. They are also ingeniously designed to split and redirect the flow of air away from the exterior mirrors, thus reducing noise and resistance. These lights offer another advantage: their supply electricity represents only 10% of the traditional lights, thus helping the LEAF achieve autonomy unparalleled. The interior of the Nissan LEAF, with its brightly colored trim is nice and elegant. The body of the first model of the LEAF, Blue Earth, created an ecological theme. This theme is taken up in the interior of the car as the dashboard accents and lighting instrumentation are also blue.

System IT industry transportation

Nissan LEAF employs a system of IT evolves and exclusive. Connect has a global data center, the system can provide drivers for help, information and entertainment 24 hours 24. The screen mounted on the dashboard shows the remaining energy, or "sector achievable ", in addition to showing the location of charging stations located nearby. The ability to use a mobile phone to put the air conditioning on and establish the functions of charging, even when the LEAF is not running, is another characteristic peak. Recharge the batteries can also be preprogrammed by a timer controlled remotely. "This system of IT represents a significant advantage," stated Tooru ABE, Chief Product specialist. "We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the driver and represents a marked improvement for passengers. We also wanted it contributes to the creation of a zero-emission community, and these IT features will make it all possible."

Comprehensive approach in matters of Zero Emission Transport of ecological innovations

Although the Nissan LEAF is a first important step in the coming of the era of Transport zero emission Nissan knows very well that the technology of internal combustion engines will continue to play an essential role in transport to the planetary scale while still dozens and dozens of years. That's why Nissan applies a comprehensive approach to its vision of a zero emission transport, an approach that offers consumer choice, a full range of ecological technologies. For some consumers, Nissan LEAF will be the perfect car and the only one they need. For others, Nissan LEAF will be a logical addition to the other vehicles in the family, the perfect choice for daily displacements, for example.            

Although the ultimate goal of the company is to produce zero-emission vehicles, it will continue to innovate in ecological technologies that increase the efficiency of vehicles and reduce emissions. That's why Nissan offers a full range of automotive technologies, including CVT transmission, the system to stop idling, hybrids and clean diesel vehicles, and continues to research and development in the field of hydrogen vehicles .

Global Partners

As part of its issuance transportation programs zero, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has formed partnerships with countries such as the UK and Portugal, with local governments in Japan and the United States, as well as various sectors. Nearly 30 partnerships have been created worldwide. The most important of these partnerships efforts on three areas:

1) The creation of a full charging infrastructure through public and private investment;

2) Incentives and subsidies accorded by governments and local, regional and national governments, and

3) Public education on the individual and social benefits of a zero emission transport.

Production of zero-emission vehicles

Nissan LEAF is the precursor to the future range of electric vehicles the company and represents a major step in the realization of the vision of a zero emission transport of the Renault-Nissan alliance. The first electric car from Nissan will be manufactured in Oppama, Japan, and the production of additional units is also provided for a Smyrna, Tennessee, United States. Lithium-ion batteries are as they have produced a Zama, Japan, and should also be manufactured in the United States, the United Kingdom and Portugal. Other investments on scattered sites across the world are also the study.

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