Nissan just announced what they call the world’s first affordable zero emission car. The all-electric Nissan Leaf will go on sale in Japan, North America and Europe late next year.
It can seat five adults and has a range of more than 160 km or 100 miles on a full charge with top speed at about 140 km/h.
Providing power are lithium batteries developed by Nissan and a computer maker NEC. The battery cells are flat and thin. Four of the battery cells are package together in a battery pack.
Nissan has devoted a lot of research and safety to ensure that the battery cell will not overheat or catch fire during an accident. A full charge of the batteries can be plug into the standard home electrical socket and it will take about eight hours to recharge in Europe but 16 hours to recharge in the lower voltage in Japan and US.
A quick charge station will be able to recharge the batteries in the around 30 minutes. Nissan is working on getting these quick charge stations installed throughout the cities.
Other cool feathers of the Nissan Leaf will be to the constant connection to Nissan’s data center, which transfer information and other entertainment to the car.
The Nissan Leaf navigation system display will also show the nearest reachable station distance based on driving condition and battery level.
The driver will also be in control of the air conditioning or the car can be charge through a mobile phone. This could be used, for example, to make use of the charging station power supply and run the air conditioning before driving away.