Nissan LEAF

  


Winner of prestigious awards like the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, 2011 European Car of the Year, 2011-12 Car of the Year Japan and most importantly that of the 2011 Car of the Year, Nissan’s all-electric car, the Leaf indeed proves that the future of clean and environment friendly cars is very bright. Put into commercial product in 2010, the Leaf has gone on to set records in terms of its monthly sales and is fast becoming accessible in various world markets. We got a chance to experience and drive one recently in Greater Noida and surely came back mighty impressed!



Till date, for most of us, the Reva has been the sole example of an all-electric car in India. However, that car also put forward a lot of negatives and limitations in front of millions of India – driving range, performance, space et al. The Nissan Leaf on the other hand promises to shatter all these pointers and how! Before even stepping into the car, its design language surely impresses you no ends. It surely is a real world car with distinctive and future styling. For example, the frontal styling is characterized by a sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting light-emitting diode (LED) headlights that employ a blue internal reflective design that seems to announce - "This car is special." This design is functional too  - intended to cleverly split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, thus reducing wind noise and drag.

While the rear part of the car might look bulbous, the fact is that space had to be made to store the batteries! Nonetheless, the verticle tail-lamps and the spoiler do the job of sprucing the looks easily. Large door, specially made alloy wheels, aerodynamic external rear view mirror etc are some of the other interesting features.



The moment you step inside the LEAF, you realize the real modern and ‘futuristic’ deal lies inside! The steering looks funky but move your eyes to the speedometer console and then to the central console and you are in for surprises of the good variety! The large touch screen (7-inch size) in the center does scream “high tech” and houses everything an owner would need in day to day usage – GPS navigation including telling the driver about the nearest charging station, menu read-outs, audio system etc.  Nissan has also incorporated what it calls as CARWINGS – a clever system that monitors and shows battery state, charging status etc and also includes a very clever way of automatically starting the air-con to cool the car at a pre-described time! The speedometer console on the other hand has display for motor temperature, current usage, charge status, distance to go and the usual stuff like odometer. The LEAF can also show the difference in range when you put on any feature that puts load on the battery – air-conditioning for example!

If you are used to automatic cars, getting used to the LEAF is pretty ease save for the fact that being an electric vehicle, 100% torque is available from a standstill. The LEAF’s EM61 unit puts out the equivalent of 109PS of power and 280Nm of torque – impressive figures for a car that weighs at just 1.5 tons. We drove the car when it had four passengers on board and yet, the car responded very well. Throttle response is terrific and the car goes about doing its duties in, well, a silent way! Another thing that impresses you is the ease of driving this car – the steering is perfectly weighed, the suspension set-up perfect and good for Indian kind of roads and the seats very comfortable. Infact, space wise, the LEAF can easily seat five adults without an issue. On the handling front, because most of the heavy batteries are placed low, the car has a very low center of gravity – push it hard around curves and corners and you instantly feel the low C.G which translates into road hugging grip!
The heart of the LEAF is its batteries. The power is stored in as many as 192 laminated Lithium ion cells which have a capacity of 24 kWh and power of 360 volts. Power is sent to the front wheels via a single speed automatic transmission. The batteries can be charged to 80% their capacity in just half an hour through 480 volt quick charging stations while on the other hand the conventional 220 volt stations take 7 hours for a full charge which also gives the LEAF a range of 150-170km depending on usage and traffic conditions.

With the LEAF, Nissan has shown that the world indeed is ready for all-electric cars. At the same time, countries like India, which has one of the highest numbers of cars on the road, desperately need a solution like this. Typical savings over a conventional petrol and diesel sedan over a period of year could run into Rs 1 lac and Rs 50,000 respectively for a 20,000km annual usage pattern! The benefit on the environment is the other huge plus point. At the same, it is a fact that such a scenario of being able to use e-cars on a daily basis in a practical manner is still years away – charging station infrastructure, subsidies from the government and general user perception, everything needs to be developed and changed. However, Nissan is pretty serious about giving Indians a chance to own the LEAF and experience the future first-hand. If everything does go as planned, we could see the LEAF in a Nissan showroom by 2013 but, ofcourse, being a CBU product, expect pricing to be around the Rs 25-30 mark


 


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Dawnga Molsom | Posted on Feb,17,2014 at 14:30 PM
Ambassador is mainly used by Officers. Is it possible to own for privacy It is really great and desire to have this
dream car. Reply to this post  
Hannibal | Posted on Jan,31,2014 at 16:05 PM
Excellent car, noble thought, cutting edge technology - but Price Shouldn't Nissan work on this aspect to make this
vehicle more widely available as well as purchasable, I mean, 2.5 mil to 3 mil INR is way too much to afford for an
average Indian, who cou Reply to this post  
Dhawal | Posted on Jul,22,2013 at 10:53 AM
Mahindra E20is better option Reply to this post  
santosh | Posted on Jun,27,2013 at 11:42 AM
exact arrival date(atleast confirmation of the year) lowest possible competitive cost(on road) maximum possible Kms in
indian roads on a single charge possible upcoming recharge facilities Reply to this post  
Dibya jyoti. | Posted on May,14,2013 at 16:47 PM
No doubt,leaf is a good car for environment, but price is not affordable for common people, so Reply to this post  
ajay | Posted on May,03,2013 at 08:53 AM
its price in Atlanta USA is 30-35K USD and not much impressed with this car Reply to this post  
shantnau ray | Posted on Mar,27,2013 at 22:00 PM
would nissan post something to convince us of the arrival date in india it will surely get a worthy welcome Reply to this post  
tarun bidhuri | Posted on Feb,24,2013 at 19:27 PM
i want its price Reply to this post  
M Anand | Posted on Jan,22,2013 at 12:49 PM
Dear sir pls give me full details Nissan Leaf price and life time of storage batteri Reply to this post  
pansara parth | Posted on Jan,05,2013 at 13:50 PM
i want this car ,plz. give me the full discretion about Nissan leaf by msg. or mail me Reply to this post  
NP | Posted on Dec,09,2012 at 20:48 PM
Even Mahindra Reva NXR (Electric) will be launched by Jan 2013, priced around 5-7 LACS Reply to this post  
rajkumar | Posted on Nov,29,2012 at 12:29 PM
price epected is to high Reply to this post  
PRADEEP VISHNU | Posted on Nov,18,2012 at 15:36 PM
how nissan leaf will be available i am ready to import also Reply to this post  
JAYDRATHSINH | Posted on Nov,06,2012 at 22:23 PM
what is price this car. Reply to this post  
Dev | Posted on Jan,05,2013 at 17:27 PM
Approx Rs.24 Lacs- 28 Lacs
Maulik | Posted on Nov,06,2012 at 21:29 PM
I like this car Reply to this post  
mohd sajid | Posted on Oct,11,2012 at 16:24 PM
great car Reply to this post  
ali | Posted on Oct,02,2012 at 13:31 PM
Excellent in lukz Reply to this post  
visvanadham | Posted on Oct,01,2012 at 18:37 PM
nice car, when will launch in india ap hyd Reply to this post  
nilampatel | Posted on Sep,18,2012 at 10:33 AM
nise car but im not purchase due to not my in range please same model provide 6 to 7 lax Reply to this post  
Harshal | Posted on Oct,05,2012 at 13:32 PM
There are good car of Nissan range from 7 to10k
Mwntha Basumatary | Posted on Sep,06,2012 at 07:35 AM
nice disign what is the price Reply to this post  
vinod kumar | Posted on Aug,08,2012 at 16:17 PM
good car Reply to this post  
mahi shahin | Posted on Jun,26,2012 at 23:14 PM
I want a unit price Reply to this post  
arun kk | Posted on May,30,2012 at 21:41 PM
we wait for it.................. Reply to this post  
prabhat srivastava | Posted on Apr,21,2012 at 19:56 PM
This is what exactly the car means. Awesome.Provide me all details Cost, Mileage, Service etc. Reply to this post  
vijay paul | Posted on Apr,21,2012 at 12:28 PM
its nice what is his price Reply to this post  
shaikh | Posted on Apr,21,2012 at 11:53 AM
i like the car its beutifull Reply to this post  
Jitu Chainani | Posted on Mar,14,2012 at 22:11 PM
it's very nice what is the price of Nissan LEAF Reply to this post  
f d | Posted on Mar,30,2012 at 14:14 PM
12 lac on word
Th Anand | Posted on Mar,05,2012 at 23:42 PM
wow!!! Reply to this post  
MANIVANNAN NISSAN | Posted on Feb,26,2012 at 15:27 PM
Hai... This is manivannan .NISSAN LEAF looking is very nice and also the features.BUT ONE THING OF MY COMMANDS.PLEASE
CONCENTRATE ON INTERNAL PARTS ESPECIALLY IN BRAKES,LOWER ARMS, ENGINE NOISE , AND SO ON WHY AM GIVING THIS ,SO MUCH OF
COMPLAINTS FROM C Reply to this post  
Ridham | Posted on Feb,24,2012 at 00:56 AM
Its superb please upload somemore images and information Reply to this post  
GEORGE | Posted on Jan,21,2012 at 11:00 AM
looking good Reply to this post  
P.V.GIRI | Posted on Jan,20,2012 at 18:55 PM
BEST CAR but PRICE is !!!!!! Reply to this post  
sadiqhulla | Posted on Jan,02,2012 at 20:37 PM
please let me know some more detailes Reply to this post  
mohammed azeem | Posted on Jan,01,2012 at 21:26 PM
Wow! it's an amazing machine, but it is good as a picture and we can boast that such a car has also been launched in our
country. The main part of owning this car is that it is too high priced and may be we do a Anna hazare stunt to make the
Govt. underst Reply to this post  
siddharth | Posted on Jan,01,2012 at 09:53 AM
awesome i would like to purchase Reply to this post  
Siddha Arth | Posted on Jan,19,2012 at 16:51 PM
read last line..25-30 lacs...
kmrao | Posted on Dec,31,2011 at 13:25 PM
WOW BEAUTIFUL TOO GOOD TO RESIST FROM POSSESSING PL TELL US WHEN CAN WE BOOK I WANT TO BE THE FIRST ONE KMRAO
(9444397987 Reply to this post  
Michael | Posted on Jan,04,2012 at 10:09 AM
the price is 25 to 30 dear, just wait upcoming would be max electronic cars with cheep price and better product. I hate nissan
anurag tiwari | Posted on Dec,31,2011 at 08:46 AM
good car Reply to this post  
Yesh | Posted on Dec,31,2011 at 08:29 AM
It's good to see cars which are dependent on clean energy. Goverment should consider doing away with levying any kind of
taxes to encourage people to buy these cars which will help in reducing the pollution. 5L to 6L range is working
affordable range to b Reply to this post  
yuvraj | Posted on Dec,30,2011 at 21:52 PM
Get it as fast as possible.People cant breath in cities like Mumbai.And please keep the price within the reach of
people. Reply to this post  
sudhir punia | Posted on Dec,30,2011 at 18:26 PM
excellent new look Reply to this post  
vino | Posted on Dec,30,2011 at 13:54 PM
very nice modal i want know the when will launching in chennai Reply to this post  
ijaskvm | Posted on Dec,30,2011 at 13:12 PM
very interesting..i want know the full details&price variations,launching dates etc.. Reply to this post  
Raman | Posted on Dec,29,2011 at 10:25 AM
Its A really Good Car By looks Or features Will U Provide Me Information About The Performance Of The car Reply to this post  
Tareq Mehdi | Posted on Dec,28,2011 at 22:57 PM
Nissan would be leader in Indian car market basing on the price .india very needs an electric car Reply to this post  
zakir | Posted on Dec,28,2011 at 06:20 AM
coat is very much high..... Reply to this post  
Exp. Price : Rs 24.00 L - 28.00 L
Exp. Launch Month : December 2014

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