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Nissan Leaf and Land Glider
at Tokyo Motor Show 2009

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.[1] As of February 2013, the Leaf is the world's best selling highway-capable all-electric car ever with 50,000 units sold by mid February 2013.[2][3]

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, the Alliance is the world's leading electric vehicle manufacturer with global sales of over 100,000 units delivered since December 2010.[4]

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.[5]


Land Glider

Nissan e-NV200[edit]

The all-electric Nissan e-NV200 utility van has a range of 73 mi (117 km), similar to Nissan Leaf.[6] Trials with Japan Post Service began in July 2011, followed by trials with FedEx in London starting in December 2011.[6][7][8] More testing with a more advanced pre-production version took place in Singapore, the UK, the U.S. and Brazil.[9][10][11] A more extensive 6-month trial with 28 units delivered to British Gas began in the UK in November 2013.[12] The production version was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Nissan started production of the e-NV200 in the first week of May 2014.[13] Deliveries to the UK, Japan, and Germany are scheduled for June 2014.

Nissan Esflow[edit]

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.[14] The expected price is US$34,000 to US$40,000.[citation needed]

Nissan Townpod[edit]

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.

Nissan Leaf[edit]

Main article: Nissan Leaf

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,[1] followed by various European countries and Canada in 2011, and as of February 2013, 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 by mid February 2013,[2][3] and the 100,000 unit milestone by mid January 2014, representing a 45% market share of worldwide pure electric vehicles sold since 2010.[15]

As of January 2014, the Leaf is available in 35 countries in four continents.[15] Global sales, as of December 2013, were led by the United States with 42,122 units,[16][17][18] followed by Japan with 34,465 units,[19] and Europe with over 18,000 units delivered.[20][21] Sales in the European market are led by Norway with 7,275 new Leafs registered,[22][23] followed by the UK with 3,146 units.[24][25]

Nissan Nuvu[edit]

Main article: Nissan Nuvu

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.[26][27]

Nissan Land Glider[edit]

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.[28] 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.[29][30]

Nissan Altra[edit]

Main article: Nissan Altra

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.

Nissan Hypermini[edit]

Main article: Nissan Hypermini

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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


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  11. ^ Nissan Expands Test of Electric e-NV200 Van into Singapore; Headed to US Next
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  14. ^ Candace Lombardi (February 2011). "Nissan releases Esflow details before Geneva show". cnet. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
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  20. ^ Mat Gasnier (2013-02-10). "Europe Full Year 2012: Now with Top 350 models & Top 60 brands". Best Selling Cars Blog. Retrieved 2013-02-13.  A total of 1,728 Leafs were sold in Europe in 2011 and 5,210 in 2012.
  21. ^ Nissan Newsroom Europe (2014-02-12). "Nissan LEAF the best-selling EV in Europe in 2013". Green Car Congress. Retrieved 2014-02-13.  A total of 11,120 Leafs were sold in Europe in 2013.
  22. ^ Mat Gasnier (2013-01-09). "Norway Full Year 2012: VW Tiguan and Nissan Leaf impress". Retrieved 2013-02-15.  A total of 373 new units were sold in 2011 and 2,298 units in 2012.
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