The 2012 Nissan Leaf is a 5-door electric hatchback vehicle powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous motor and 24 kWh lithium-ion battery, granting the Leaf a top speed of 90 mph. The Leaf boasts zero tailpipe emissions and a 100 mile/per charge range. Features include LED headlights, UV-reducing solar glass, rear spoiler, 16-inch wheels, partially recycled cloth seats, push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, navigation, 6-speaker sound system, and automatic temperature control. Safety is comprised of Nissan advanced airbag system, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system, and tire pressure monitoring system. The lithium-ion battery will carry an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty while the vehicle itself is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Nissan LEAF is the first all-electric car available to the mass U.S. market. Introduced as a new vehicle in 2011, it ventures into 2012 virtually unchanged.
All-electric powertrain, 100-mile nominal range on an 8-hour charge, driving characteristics of a regular gasoline-powered car
Nissan has broken new ground with the LEAF, which is the company's first all-electric subcompact. Unlike the Tesla roadster or smart electric, this electric car has room for five, and it's being built on a much more massive scale. With a reported MSRP of $35,200, it offers pure, practical full-electric vehicle driving more affordable than the nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, which stickers at over $39,100.