Jul 252012

Japanese auto producer Nissan is intending to develop a new feature for its eco-friendly Leaf car. They want it to be used as a disaster house generator. The Japanese vehicle producer is developing the engineering as it simultaneously attempts to gear back up to full production after the nation was devastated by severe natural disasters in March. Purchasing one will cost personal loans because of the high cost.

Car runs only on electricity

The Leaf went on sale last December. Battery energy is the only thing utilized to make the automobile run making it fully electric. The Chevrolet Volt and other eco-friendly automobiles are typically hybrid cars. A gas-powered generator is used to back up batteries. It costs about $37,000 for a Leaf, or 2.98 million yen, while using a high-performance, 24 kWh lithium-ion batteries.

Backup generator?

Nissan Motors president Carlos Ghosn reported that the vehicle maker is working to equip its Leaf EVs (Electronic Cars) with the engineering to feed power into private houses. In just a year, the company wants to have new vehicles in showrooms.

More interest has been put to the car considering the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Hideaki Watanabe, head of Nissan’s zero-emissions automobiles, explained “Some people are saying that rather than installing a generator, they would just buy a Leaf.” In Japan, you are able to get a household storage battery similar to the Leaf for about 2 million yen, or $25,000.

The Leaf is able to store as much as 24 kilowatt hours. The U.S. home on average can run for a whole day on that much energy. The car could charge the home’s energy overnight if there were an emergency of some sort.

Not seeing charge units around

Hopefully, Nissan can effortlessly industry the home-powering automobiles. It hopes to not have to put new hardware in to do this. One option, according to Watanabe, is to connect the car to the house via Nissan’s quick-charge unit, which restores about 80 percent energy in 30 minutes. With a normal outlet, charging the car takes a whole day. It would take about 20 hours to do so. Right now, only Japan sells the quick-charge units. They cost about $15,000 to purchase one. Hopefully, that cost can be dropped to $10,000, Watanabe says.

Plant opening not about to take place

There are about 2,000 Leaf automobiles in the U.S. That is of the 7,600 Leafs that have sold. Manufacturing slowed with the Japan disasters though. That means the Smyrna, Tenn., production plant was unable to open. That opening has now been tentatively pushed back to late next year. “Because of the earthquake, it’s putting us in a difficult situation,” Watanabe explained. “But we’re not giving up yet,” he explained.

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Jan 292011

On September 3 of 2010, Lance Armstrong will be the first person in America to receive the Nissan Leaf, which is three months before it will be released for sale to the public in December. This should not be a big surprise considering the fact that Nissan is a major sponsor of Armstrong in the Tour de France. Armstrong has appeared in numerous advertisements promoting this car. This vehicle is a big deal because it will be the ever electric vehicle that will be mass produced for sale in the United States. It’s truly a grand event.

The Leaf is a five door hatchback and features an aerodynamic body. Obviously the Leaf won’t have a fuel door or exhaust pipe since its electric and it will be available in five colors; blue, red, silver, white and black. Sixteen inch wheels and a spoiler gives this car that futuristic look. One really unique aspect of this car is its cool headlights incorporating a blue design which actually divert airflow away from the doors in order to ensure a more comfortable ride. On top of that, these lights actually consume fifty percent less electricity than a regular lamp, which is very appropriate when you consider the car’s eco-conscious theme. The car will be available in a SV and SL version; the SV is standard.

A lithium-ion battery pack powers this car with 107 HP. It will take around four to eight hours to charge the Leaf but a commercial charging station can get it done much quicker in around thirty minutes. This car can go pretty fast; it can reach speeds of up to ninety miles an hour and will be able to travel around one hundred miles before it needs to be re-charged. There is a display which shows how much power you have left and the locations of any nearby charging stations.

There is an incentive to purchase the Nissan Leaf in the form of tax credits. After a credit of $7,500, the base price will drop to around $25k from the standard $32,780 price tag. It will cost around $2,000 to have a special charging station installed in your home which will be able to charge the car in thirty minutes but some states offer tax incentives which almost recoup this expense. This vehicle is surprisingly pretty affordable after the tax credit.

This car sports all the latest cool gadgets and tech advances. A navigation system comes standard with the car and an advanced feature lets you actually heat and cool your car from your phone before you get in, just perfect for those cold winter days or blistering hot summers. The audio system offers satellite radio, 6 speakers and is compatible with Ipod music players. Safety features include airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, front and rear stabilizer bars, a tire pressure monitoring system and an alarm system.

The Nissan Leaf is truly a revolutionary car because this will be the very first time in history that an electric car will be available to the public at such a grand scale. This is the perfect car if you want to go green and want to experience the latest automotive technology. Lance Armstrong will get his Leaf in September but the rest of us will be able to experience this car for ourselves just in time for Christmas. With the tax credits applied, this car is priced just right. If you are looking to go green then check out the Leaf at a Nissan dealer near you this December!

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