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Nissan LEAF to make an appearance in five test markets late next year

Just a few days ago, Nissan revealed the LEAF electric vehicle to the public. The 5-door hatchback looks relatively conventional and Nissan promises that the vehicle will be "affordable" when it hits the streets.

Yesterday, Nissan announced that the LEAF will be released in limited numbers next year in the United States. According to Nissan, 5,000 LEAFs will be spread evenly through five markets: Oregon, Phoenix/Tuscon, San Diego, Seattle, and Tennessee.

Nissan credits the recent announcement of $2.4B in federals grants for battery development for its relatively quick time-to-market plans for the LEAF. Nissan will be partnering with eTec, a company which provides charging stations for EVs, to help provide the infrastructure to support vehicles like the LEAF. ETec received nearly $100 million of the $2.4B grant.

"Nissan appreciates the support of the Department of Energy in helping jumpstart the electrification of the transportation sector," said Nissan of North America's Scott Becker. "This is a major step in promoting zero-emission mobility in the United States. Nissan is looking forward to partnering with eTec to help make electric cars a reality and to help establish the charging networks in key markets."

Nissan's LEAF can travel 100 miles on a single charge and reach a top speed of 87 mph thanks to its lithium-ion battery pack and electric motors.

The first 5,000 LEAF EVs to reach the American market late next year will be made in Japan. Nissan plans to start building the LEAF in its Tennessee plant in 2012.



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By sweatshopking on 8/7/2009 12:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
the genesis coupe is a completely redone vehicle. it is the spiritual successor to the tiburon, but it is real wheel drive, with a new drive train and undercarriage. yes it looks similar, but that is a good thing. and for the record, the coupe is not 40k (the sedan is) it is 21000 CAD. so i imagine cheaper south of the border. and the sedan isnt a budget car. it compares nicely to a 55k lexus, in many tests.


By lightfoot on 8/7/2009 6:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
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it is real wheel drive

That's good, because I hate those fake wheel drive cars. They just don't have the traction that I want.

Rear wheel drive can also be nice.


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