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Here it is, folks: the all-electric car Nissan plans to start selling next year, shown for the first time at an event this evening in Yokohama, Japan (and simultaneously unveiled on the automaker’s web site). Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a five-seat hatchback set to roll […]

Here it is, folks: the all-electric car Nissan plans to start selling next year, shown for the first time at an event this evening in Yokohama, Japan (and simultaneously unveiled on the automaker’s web site). Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a five-seat hatchback set to roll out in the U.S., Japan and Europe in 2010 at a price that the company says is “comparable” to a mid-size family sedan, and with a range of more than 100 miles. What do you think?

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More Earth2Tech coverage of Nissan’s electric vehicle plans and potential hurdles:
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Wireless Charging: Making the Leap from Gadgets to Cars
Renault-Nissan Eyes Fleet Market for Electric Cars, Strikes Two New Deals
Tesla Wins $465M in DOE Loans; Nissan Gets $1.6B for Electric Cars

  1. If the price is really comparable and the economic downturn is over it’ll be success. I’ll for one consider it as well.

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  2. With the range still being near 100miles it will have appeal just to local commuters who only need to charge at home and drive only a few miles/week (like myself…) The significant gain of all electrics into the market still will require work on battery systems.
    This is a nice looking car and has promise depending on pricing.

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  3. i have an opinion about this. I think people will agree to change to electronic car which more environmental-friendly if the car have speed not too slower than the ordinary car

    :-)

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  4. waltinseattle Sunday, August 2, 2009

    Looks tight for five.
    Gotta be better built than the east European stuff we’ve seen. How it will do if the Tata ever comes online is a guess. America is ready for an electric that doesn’t come at a “premium” price for the goods delivered.

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  5. Cripes, Josie. I like the car well enough that we might consider it as replacement for my wife’s ancient Volvo commuter-wagen which still gets 24mpg.

    But, that Nissan website? Looks like it was designed by a SoCal script kiddy who just discovered Flash.

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  6. When will automakers learn that most consumers want electric cars that DON’T LOOK RETARDED?

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    1. The American car manufacturers have such a limited perspective. They are so far behind the rest of the world on the needs for better more fuel efficient cars. We, the buying public, need to fall out of love with our desire to have gas gussling, 500 HP cars or the biggest SUV on the road to carry one person around. We need to stop fighting wars in the middle-east because we are are addicted to their oil. World peace is something that we can pursue by getting away from our thirst for oil. We need to think options that are beyond “Drill, Baby Drill” to quote our worst, most short-sightest president.

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  7. [...] automakers have unveiled their visions for a first generation of all-electric family vehicles. The latest model comes from Nissan, which set out last year for nothing less than world domination of zero-emission (technically zero [...]

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  8. [...] Nissan LEAF EV ready for 2010. This new EV from Nissan seats 5 and has a range of more than 100 miles. Would you buy one? I might. [...]

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  9. No..what’s the use if u can only get 100 miles off it. What if you must take an emergency trip in it, or what if battery is low and a storm knocks out electricity..then you have no car..buy a smart car.(Love nissan but I don’t want an electric car(not practical at all)

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    1. Earl,

      We all share the same concern but w/ demand will come the supply. Infrastructure will come such as charging stations (w/ internal storage even in outage). Check out better place’s swapping station concept. A family could have a “regular” car for long trips or emergency and a commute e-car. Employers will also adopt w/ charging stations at work to extend ranges. How often do you ahve such “emergency trips” longer than 100-daily commute distance? How do rest of the world survive with public transportation? they can’t have emergencies?

      W/ all that said, battery startups do need to kick it to another gear to extend the range and bring down the cost. But it needs to start somewhere.

      regards,

      Dan Zhang
      Director of Event Management
      US-China Green Energy Council
      dan.zhang@ucgef.org
      http://ucgef.org
      Google Voice 650-605-3875

      “Our energy future is choice, not fate. Oil dependence is a problem we need no longer have—and it’s cheaper not to.”
      ~Amory Lovins

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    2. I think that you missed the idea; the electric car is not for every use. It is the right car for most driving needs of the American driver. If the price is right, I will be first in line to get one. I drive less than 20 miles most days to work and 50 miles on most weekend days. This is not a long range trip car, but for most drivers, 100 miles a day, day in and day out, it will be great. G.M. really screwed up by killing the EV1. they could have owned this market by now, and trust me there is a market. I can’t wait to go electric. Also, I can’t remember the last time we lost power for for over 8 hours in Los Angeles, plus I will still have a second car that will run on gas, if you are really worried about power regular outtages in you area, get a gas generator for emergencies.

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  10. [...] PHOTOS: Nissan Unveils 2010 Electric Car, Aims for Family Sedan Pricing Written by Josie Garthwaite Here it is, folks: the all-electric car Nissan plans to start selling next year, shown for the first time at an event this evening in Yokohama, Japan (and simultaneously unveiled on the automaker’s web site). Called the Nissan LEAF, it’s a five-seat hatchback set to roll out in the U.S., Japan and Europe in 2010 at a price that the company says is “comparable” to a mid-size family sedan, and with a range of more than 100 miles. [...]

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