To many people it was the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle which literally blew-open the EV worldwide market, but will this vehicle go down in EV folklore? The simple fact is that this is perhaps the first mass consumer electric vehicle to be accepted by the wider public. The very fact it came from the Nissan Motor Company, which has a history of revolutionary mass-market vehicles, is obviously yet another reason why this particular model gained so much media exposure. Originally the vehicle was launched in Japan (in 2010) and not only was the target to reduce emissions but the target, which has been fulfilled, was to create a zero emission vehicle. The fact that Nissan have been able to do this, confirmed by the Nissan Leaf news flow, is certainly a feather in their cap and those who have seen an image of the Nissan Leaf will likely find it difficult to recognise the difference between a traditional fuel vehicle and an electric vehicle.
Reviews of the Nissan Leaf have on the whole been very complimentary. because let's not forget this is a new technology, and while the range of the vehicle at this moment in time is around 100 miles, this is enough to cover the needs of 70% of the worlds consumers on a daily basis. Charging a Nissan Leaf could not be easier using a quick charger, which takes up to 30 minutes, or you can charge from home over an eight-hour period.
One thing which is becoming more and more evident in relation to the Nissan Leaf EV is the fact that not only has the fuel system been revolutionised, both the streamlined design of the vehicle is exemplary. The design is based around the need to reduce wind noise and wind drag while also integrating some of the latest technology in relation to headlamps (the headlamps on the Nissan Leaf consume just 10% of that used by a traditional headlamp), etc. There are various warning systems within the vehicle to alert you to reduced battery capacity and there are also various estimates as to how long a journey you can complete without recharging.
The lithium ion battery powered chassis is one of the most efficient ever produced and the fact that the Nissan Leaf has a regenerative braking system also adds to the overall journey capacity. There is no doubt that Nissan took a risk by introducing the Nissan Leaf to the wider market when perhaps electric vehicles were still in their infancy, but at this moment in time it appears to be a gamble which is paying off handsomely. The company also dismissed any thoughts about introducing hybrid vehicles, a mixture of traditional fuel and electric fuel power, which has probably gone down very well with the wider public and the green lobby.
We also have a Nissan Leaf Forum where you can discuss this particular vehicle in more detail and review the specifications of the Nissan Leaf.