Monday, August 3, 2009

Nissan Unveils All-Electric LEAF

"The LEAF, as it is now officially dubbed, is a compact five-door hatchback with room for four or (with a squeeze) five adults. Below its floor sits a laminated lithium-ion battery pack composed of many rectangular modules, each roughly the size of a notebook, which add up to a 24kWh capacity and an output over 90kW. Under the LEAF's hood lives the engine, a small but powerful synchronous AC 80kW motor.
Nissan is confident that the LEAF will travel 100 miles on a charge. Charging time will vary from 16 hours (on a standard household plug) to 30 minutes (on a fancy 3-phase charging station)."

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