I was waiting for a long time for the launch of a zero emission car which is affordable to the masses. And this week, Nissan has launched their much-awaited zero-emission electric car named “Nissan LEAF”. It is the vision of Carlos Ghosn, Nissan‘s chief executive that has made possible this new chapter in the history of automobiles.
Nissan’s biggest domestic rivals like Toyota and Honda have previously came up with many hybrid car models. However, these hybrid cars did not become popular due to their high cost. Other difficulties in these cars were their limited driving range and long charging times with the current battery technology. Nissan has taken the first step by designing the world’s first affordable car with zero emission. Zero-emission was the ultimate goal of Nissan when they were doing research on eco-friendly technologies which would amplify efficiency and decrease emissions.
Nissan LEAF is designed to be friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment. The company plans to sell the car for about $15,000 and will have a range of 100 miles on a single battery charge. The name “LEAF” indicates that as leaves purify the air in nature; this car purifies mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. The vehicle has less mechanical complexity than a traditional gasoline-powered car. To elaborate an environmentally friendly theme, blue color is used in Nissan LEAF’s introductory model.
In the zero emission LEAF, driving range of 100 miles is achieved due to its unique combination braking system and innovative lithium-ion battery packs and. It takes just 30 minutes to charge its batteries up to 80% of its total capacity with a quick charger.