Frequently Asked Questions About the Nissan LEAF
When will the LEAF be available in the California?
The LEAF will be on the road in California and a few other states in 2010. Mass-production will begin in 2012.
How long does it take to charge the battery?
The battery will charge in 4-8 hours on a 220V home charging unit. At quick-charge stations, it will charge to 80% in about 26 minutes.
How much will the LEAF cost?
At this point, we're unable to give an exact price, but we're targeting a price in the range of other typical family sedans.
How much torque does the leaf have?
The exact specs of the LEAF are still under development. It does, however, have 100% torque at 0 RPM!
What kind of acceleration does it have?
The LEAF accelerates like a V6 gas-powered car.
Is it true that the LEAF does not use any fluids such as coolant, transmission, steering wheel, brake...?
Most of these functions are electronic, without fluids or motor oil. It will have brake fluid and washer fluid.
Will the Leaf be available in automatic and manual transmission?
There is no transmission in an electric car, but the experience is like driving an automatic.
What if I want to go further than 100 miles in one trip?
The LEAF's navigation system will be able to show you charging locations along your route. Nissan has been working with various cities nationwide to establish a network of charging stations.
Will the cars body be made of recyclable material?
The LEAF will be almost fully recyclable at the end of its life.
When plugging the car in will it be possible that the car would be "smart"enough to pull electricity during non peak hours?
You can program the car to charge whenever you like. Most people will charge overnight at off-peak times.
Towards the end of the battery's 5yr life, will the estimated mileage decrease?
We expect the battery to have a lifespan of about 5 years. By 6 years, it will have decreased to about 80% capacity.
What protects the battery in case of a collision?
The battery is located under the driver's seat. It has been tested for impact safety.
How does driving in cold weather effect the performance and battery life?
Cold won't affect performance directly. But a/c and heater will affect the range a bit, like in a gas car.