Nissan electric vehicles
Nissan Motors has developed several concept cars and limited production electric cars, and launched the series production Nissan Leaf all-electric car in December 2010. As of February 2013[update], the Leaf is the world's best selling highway-capable all-electric car ever with 50,000 units sold by mid February 2013.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance committed €4 billion (around US$5.2 billion) into its electric vehicle (EV) and battery development programs with the aim to become the leader in zero-emission transportation. As of June 2013[update], the Alliance is the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturer with global sales of over 100,000 units delivered since December 2010.
In August 2013, Nissan confirmed the company has plans for 5 plug-in vehicles in the future. These 5 include the Nissan LEAF, the Infiniti LE, the Nissan e-NV200, and 2 not yet announced models.
On February 9, 2011, Nissan introduced the Nissan Esflow, to be unveiled at the March 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It is a sports car weighing less than 1,000 kilograms (2,000 lb), capable of going 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in under five seconds and having a range of 240 km (150 mi) on a single charge. The body is similar to the Nissan 370Z and the headlights and taillights are similar to the Nissan Juke's. The expected price is US$34,000 to US$40,000.
Unveiled at the October 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Townpod is a two-door high-tech vehicle cable of performance as both a family car and a work car for entrepreneurs. With the capability to seat five, it has rear fold-down seats. Production dates, prices, and estimated driving range on a single charge have not yet[when?] been announced.
On August 2, 2009, Nissan announced the production of the Nissan Leaf, the company's first series production all-electric vehicle. Deliveries of the electric car began in Japan and the United States in December 2010, followed by various European countries and Canada in 2011, and as of February 2013[update], is available in 17 European countries, Australia and other international markets. The Leaf is the world's best selling highway-capable all-electric car ever, and global sales reached the 50,000 units milestone by mid February 2013, and 83,000 units in September 2013. As of 30 September 2013[update], global sales were led by the United States with more than 35,000 units, Japan with over 30,000 units, followed by Europe with more than 12,000 units delivered by July 2013. The European market is led by Norway with over 5,700 new units sold through September 2013, and accounting for used Leaf imported from neighboring countries, a total of 6,929 Leafs have been registered in Norway through September 2013, accounting for 8.3% of all Leafs delivered worldwide.
Nissan Nuvu is a compact all-electric city car with 2+1 seating, with solar panels shaped like tree leaves on the roof that channel the sun's power through a "tree trunk" conduit in the center of the vehicle. It can reach about 121 km/h (75 mph) and travel up to about 129 km (80 mi) on an electric charge.
Nissan Land Glider
Nissan unveiled the narrow, weight-shifting Land Glider Concept at the October 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. The Land Glider looks and feels like a mixture between a car, a motorcycle, and an airplane. The rear-view mirrors have been replaced by cameras and monitors. Inside, the traditional steering wheel is replaced with something similar in appearance to an aircraft's yoke control. Riding on a motorcycle-inspired Tandem architecture, the Land Glider and its tires can lean up to 17 degrees in turns. Power comes from two electric motors connected to lithium-ion batteries mounted underneath the floor. The Land Glider features a non-contact charging system that enables it to be recharged at any wireless charging station.
The Nissan Altra was an electric car produced by Nissan Motors between 1998 and 2002. The Nissan Altra was introduced at the LA Auto Show on 29 December 1997. Nissan described the Altra as a combination of a sedan, SUV, and minivan. It was mainly used as a fleet vehicle for companies such as electric utilities. Only about 200 vehicles were ever produced. It was based on the Nissan R'nessa, and was sold as an R'nessa in the Japanese domestic market.
The Hypermini is a two-seater electric car produced by Nissan Motors. It was introduced in a limited way in Japan in 1999. It was launched for retail sale through Nissan dealers in the greater Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto metropolitan areas in February 2000, priced at ¥4,000,000 (about US$36,567) with a 200-volt mount-type battery charger and ¥4,015,000 with a 200-volt non-fixed battery charger. Sales were targeted principally at national government offices and agencies, local government bodies and corporations. Nissan claims the Hypermini consumes a quarter the energy of a typical car.
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