The Nissan LEAF is zero-emission, all-electric vehicle with an ambitious mission. The LEAF acronym promises a vehicle that is a Leading, Environmentally-friendly, Affordable, Family car.
The Nissan LEAF is one of the first all-electric vehicles to go into production from a major global automobile manufacturer. Given its current price at around $30,000 USD, the LEAF is also one of the first mainstream all-electric vehicles that is affordable to a large segment of the middle class population.
The mileage range of the LEAF makes it an ideal commuter vehicle and its 5 door hatchback configuration makes it family-friendly as well. As an all-electric car, the LEAF has no tail pipe emissions, helping to reduce smog and pollution in urban environments.
In addition to building an all-electric car, Nissan is also thinking ahead to the infrastructure needed to power it. Nissan has commissioned the company AeroVironment to build and supply 240V home-charging stations which can recharge the LEAF in approximately 8 hours. The ability to recharge the LEAF via a standard outlet or more quickly with a home-charge station will likely speed up its adoption among consumers.
The Nissan LEAF represents a next generation all-electric automobile that is highly fuel efficient, currently in production, and reduces CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
But perhaps the most significant contribution of the LEAF is that, since it is produced by a large global automotive manufacturer, its production can scale for a much-needed paradigm shift in the personal transportation industry.
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