In these times of conservation and preserving our natural resources, every company is out to try and find their niche in this ever-growing market.  From household cleaners to organic produce, everywhere you turn now you can find something that is either better for the environment or healthier for you as a general rule.

Nowhere has this become more apparent than in the car industry where it seems very company has come up with their own concept car, hoping to gain a foothold into this growing industry.  One company will soon be releasing what is termed to be the world’s first affordable electric carand that is the Nissan Leaf.  Let us take a look at the Leaf and what it brings to the table to entice consumers to get on board.

As mentioned above, the Nissan Leaf is the first affordable electric car on the market but it will also have the double bonus of zero emissions.  Gone will be the days of having to have your car emissions tested before you can register it again will your Motor Vehicle branch.  It will also be the first to be mass-produced by a car manufacturer, which is a big step when you consider they feel the technology is both stable as well as saleable enough for a large rollout.  The Leaf that will be produced will not be one of those tiny box vehicles that you and your buddy could ride in but a family of four would have no use for.  No, this Leaf is being manufactured to be able to fix a group of five inside of it, a vast improvement that the consumer would be sure to take note of.

Surely one of the first things you’re thinking when you look at it is “What makes it run”.  Well as you might expect from an electric car, it runs on batteries, but not your normal everyday Diehard.  The Leaf is powered by compact lithium-ion batteries, which give it the capacity to produce up to 90 kilowatts of power while its electric motor will be able to provide 80 kilowatts of power.  What does that mean for the layperson in terms of how far can they go or how long it takes to charge up the vehicle?  Well the Leaf has improved on some numbers from other models that have come out in the same class.  Its range on a full charge comes in at around 100 miles which would be find for a driver with a typical commute to and from work.  If you use the quick charger for the Leaf you can get these batteries fully charged in a time span of around 30 to 40 minutes.  If your going to be using a normal

charger from your typical 200 volt home outlet then your looking at more of the overnight routine which will take eight hours to reach full charge capacity.  Either way, impressive numbers to consider.

Normally these types of vehicles are not esthetically pleasing or equipped with any significant extras, but the Nissan Leaf certainly breaks out of this mold with their vehicle.  One of the eye pleasing features that you will catch from the onset is the V shaped design of the car and the aqua blue paint color, which is matched by a similar colored interior layout as well.  The headlights are another distinctive feature of the Leaf.  These headlights are of the LED type and have been uniquely fitted into the design of the body so as to be able to cut the wind and reposition it away from your side mirrors.  This helps immensely cutting done on wind related noise.  Along the lines of being more environmentally friendly as well, the headlights only use ten percent electricity, which is a dramatic decrease from those from the traditional lamp family.

Now you ask, “What’s inside the car that will grab my attention?”  After all, most of these electric cars are not built with many “luxuries”.  The Nissan Leaf though has incorporated some features that you would most likely find in only higher priced luxury cars.  For instance, the Leaf has incorporated an IT system within the car, which it connects to a global data center.  This data center can be an important feature to its owner due to the fact that it can provide them with various types of support and information.  On the top of the dashboard you will find a nicely placed monitor which will relay to the driver critical data important to the car such as how much power remains, the reachable area you can it expect to make it to, and the location of any recharging stations around you.  Surely you would agree that this would be an integral thing to have in the vehicle.  Why this car even gives the owner the ability to turn on air conditioning or set charging functions from the convenience of their cell phone.  Imagine the uses for that.  A hot day at the beach and you would just love to be able to get back to your car and already have it cooled down, ready to provide you comfort.

There are a number of things that make this a very attractive buy for the consumer who wants to be friendlier to the environment and conserve natural resources.  At what cost though can you get this impressive little motor vehicle.  Well Nissan has not at this point made an official announcement of a final price, but the rumor is that you can expect it to be in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.  That seems like more than affordable for what the car gives you as a package, plus what you will save in terms of gasoline and things of that nature.

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