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The Nissan Leaf (also formatted as "LEAF" from the acronym Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car) is a compact 5-door hatchback battery electric car, which in January 2010 received the Green Car Vision Award by the Green Car Journal.
Being an electric car it has many advantages:
The Nissan Leaf is based on a special electric vehicle chassis and will have an average range of 100 miles and a top speed of 90mph, which Nissan claims will be sufficient for more than 90 per cent of UK car customers' daily journeys.
It also claims that the Nissan Leaf will be able to be recharged to more than 80 per cent of its capacity in just 30 minutes at special high-current charging stations.
Sales are scheduled to begin in North America, Europe, and Japan in late 2010, with global market rollout planned for 2012. Although Nissan has not given prices of the Leaf yet, it says that the cost will be in line with an equivalent family hatchback.
This is unlikely to include the lithium-ion battery, which is estimated to cost about £20,000. Like a number of its rivals, Nissan seems likely to introduce a leasing scheme for the batteries so that customers merely hire these expensive bits of kit.
We hope to have the Nissan Leaf on Lease Cars Direct as soon as its released for sale. We have yet to see what electric will bring to the car leasing environment.