Q: What are zero-emission vehicles?
A: Zero-emission vehicles are eco-friendly vehicles, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) that have no tailpipe emissions of CO2 or other gases. We believe the potential for zero-emission vehicles is extremely promising. At Nissan, we are taking a wholistic approach working with countries, local governments, and other sectors to help develop the necessary infrastructure and to make zero-emission mobility a reality.
Q: What kind of battery is used?
A: Battery types differ from lead acid, nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, and Lithium-ion. Nissan has been focusing on the application of Lithium-ion batteries, used in laptops and cell phones since 1992. The latest laminated Lithium-ion battery employed on Nissan LEAF has up to twice the energy density compared to the conventional type used on Hypermini. The compact size is always an advantage, as it allows for improved vehicle packaging.
Q: What are the EV benefits?
A: There are many benefits to owning an EV. EV's are one of the most environmentally-friendly vehicles because they emit zero tailpipe emissions. EVs can be recharged at home (like cell phones) and therefore bring the convenience of not having to go to gas stations. Without an engine, EV drivers can be freed from external sounds such as engine noise and enjoy a quiet drive. They can benefit consumers not only by changing their surrounding environment, but also through low running costs. Running costs are expected to be around 1/5 of normal vehicles by charging at night using off-peak rates.
Q: What will our zero-emission future be like?
A: The widening use of electric vehicles will change lifestyles in attractive ways. While they can be routinely charged at home during the night to keep electicity costs minimal, drivers will also be able to take advantage of fast chargers at shopping centers and the like, topping up while they shop. With the construction of infrastructure like park-and-ride lots and more areas where gasoline engine vehicles are prohibited, cities and towns and the lives of people living in them will be richer and more attractive.
Q: Tell us about the Nissan LEAF?
A: The 5-passenger hatchback Nissan LEAF is the world's first truly practical and affordable, 100-percent electric, zero-emission car designed for the mass market. Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries located under the floor, packaging is efficient, without compromising cabin or cargo space. It will be a competitively priced 'real world' EV - that means it will have all the ammenities, comfort and safety features Nissan customers have come to expect. We have designed the all new zero-emission Nissan LEAF for global mass-market, starting from the US, Japan and Europe in 2010.
Q: How long will it take to charge the battery?
A: With a quick charger, Nissan LEAF can be charged to drive up to 30 miles in 10 minutes or charged up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. Normal charging will take 8 hours from empty to full with a 200v socket. However, we estimate that recharging will not start from empty, so charging time will actually be shorter.
Q: What is the driving experience like?
A: A unique feature of a fully-electric drive-train, is the outstanding driving performance. High-performance motors and compact lithium-ion batteries with high power output and energy capacity deliver high responce and smooth, powerful acceleration. You will be amazed at how fun to drive EVs are, and the quietness without an engine under the hood.
Q: How are EVs different from Hybrids or Gasoline Engine vehicles?
A: Electric Vehicles are often confused with hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor. This difference is that electric vehicles require no gas, have no tailpipe, and therefore are free from emissions. There are a range of environmentally-friendly technologies available today, including efficient internal-combustion engines, clean diesels, hybrids, electric cars and fuel cell vehicles. At Nissan, we believe all are important to help achieve the goal of reducing CO2 emissions as a whole.