The world leading vehicle manufacturer Nissan has demonstrated its leaf electric car last week in Japan, which is said to be fully electric and runs on zero-emission technology. It has also the feature of rare door video facilities. The reports say that due to limited production capacity the cars are already sold out until March 2011. There have been 6,000 orders placed in Japan and 20,000 in US. The cars would be released in Europe only next year.
Nissan Motor Co. Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said that the Leaf would sell in Japan for 3.76 million yen($45,000) but with a 780,000 yen ($9,000) government green incentive the price would come down to 2.98 million yen ($35,000). Shiga said the Leaf will sell in Japan for 3.76 million yen ($45,000) but with a 780,000 yen ($9,000) government green incentive the price will come down to 2.98 million yen ($35,000).
The retail price would be in the U.S. is around $33,600. Some states offer incentives and rebates for the electric car, and a taxpayer can claim a $7,500 federal tax credit for purchasing a Leaf in the U.S. The Leaf is rated at 99 miles per gallon in the U.S. The Leaf goes 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge under Japanese regulation test conditions.
The officials announced that the Leaf is now being produced only in Japan with production capacity at 50,000 a year but production is set to start in the U.S. and Great Britain in 2012 and capacity will rise to 250,000 vehicles. The extra features of the Leaf are very handy for the users. The Leaf is designed to connect wirelessly to a data centre so that owners can use their smart phones to remotely recharge it in situations such as when the car is connected to a home charger.
Nissan has highlighted its green message by using recycled material for the interior, including seat covers that use synthetic cloth made of recycled plastic bottles. The car is almost completely recyclable and the users can have a very good time in driving.