Q: Will the "engine compartment" just contain the smaller electric motor or is there the potential for more trunk space?
A: The electric motor and inverter fill the front compartment, but due to the size and layout we've maximized interior and cargo space in the rest of the vehicle.
Q: How long will the battery remain charged if you leave it parked where you cannot charge it?
A: This depends on a variety of factors like ambient temperature, age of the battery and how much energy is in the battery when you park it. However, the drain is very small relative to the battery's capacity.
Q: Is the Nissan LEAF going to have the Zero Emission logo on it?
A: Current plan is to include a zero emissions badge, but not the big body graphic. We are looking at accessory decal & graphics options.
Q: Since the battery is in the front, is there something protecting it in case of a collision?
A: The battery is actually located under the seats and is fully integrated into the body structure. It has been tested for impact safety and will meet or exceed all regulatory standards - same as any Nissan.
Q: In case of a problem, can a (normal) qualified mechanic fix a Nissan LEAF? Is special training needed?
A: The Nissan LEAF has an electric motor and no gasoline engine, so it will require service from qualified, trained Nissan EV technicians.
Q: Will there be test drives for the public in the near future?
A: Here in Tampa, February 11 - 13, 2011 during the "Drive Electric Tour" which started Oct 1.
Q: Will my golf clubs fit in the trunk?
A: Yes - the Nissan LEAF is a family car with ample passenger and cargo space.
Q: Is there a waiting list to purchase one?
A: The 20,000th reservation has been made for the 2011 LEAF and reservations will begin again next year after the current reservations have been processed.
Q: Will it sound like driving an electric golf cart? I would imagine it would be virtually silent?
A: The driving experience will be exceptionally quiet, but Nissan LEAF is definitely not a golf cart - it's a real car.
Q: What company is supplying the laminated lithium-ion batteries?
A: The battery is being built by AESC, the Automotive Energy Supply Corporation.
Q: Will this be a lease-only program, or will purchases be allowed?
Nissan LEAF will be available to lease or purchase.
Q: Will the maintenance cost over a few years be more or less than a similar gas engine vehicle?
A: Total ownership costs are projected to be equal to or lower than comparably equipped gas-powered cars.
Q: Does the battery location prevent the back seat from folding down?
A: Not at all - the battery is located in the floor of the car and won't interfere with interior space.
Q: What is the weight of the car?
A: We're making final production plans over the next few months. As we get closer to an on sale date weight will be published.
Q: Will the interior actually look like the photos or is that just a concept?
A: The photos reflect the design of the car as it currently stands. However, changes are possible before production.
Q: What kind of maintenance is required?
A: The details of the maintenance schedule aren't worked out yet, but you can count on no oil changes.
Q: How practical will the Nissan LEAF be? Do I need to keep a normal car as a backup or own only the Nissan LEAF?
A: It all depends on your needs. Most Americans drive much less than 100 miles per day.
Q: I am 6'1" so interior dimensions are important to me. Do you have these dimensions available yet?
A: We don't have final dimensions yet. However, electric drive and no gas tank means more interior space.
Q: How is it doing in crash test ratings?
A: The Nissan LEAF (like all Nissan cars) is built to meet or exceed federal safety regulations and our own rigorous internal testing.
Q: What kind of warranty will this car have?
A: The details of the warranty are not yet determined, but our warranty coverage will certainly be competitive.
many charging stations are being planned for Nissan's
A: This is still in the planning phase, but we will certainly support our EV owners.
Q: Could we get a tax deduction for owning one since it's so eco-friendly?
A: The federal government provides up to $7,500 tax credit for eligible EV buyers and a tax credit for installing a home charger if they have the tax liability to seek the credits. Depending on where you live, there can be state/local incentives too.
Q: Where will the Nissan LEAF be built?
Nissan LEAF will be built in
Q: Where are the batteries located? Will they take up a lot of the hatch space?
A: The battery is located in the floor of the vehicle, so it has a minimal intrusion into the interior space.
Q: How long does the "quick charge" take, and will it be available for home use?
A: Quick-charging will charge the battery to 80% from zero in about 30 minutes. For now, we are focusing on standard 220/240V home charging in collaboration with Aerovironment. Quick charging will likely be available only at public stations or businesses.
Q: What is the estimated price?
A: Net will be as low as $25,280 after tax savings with the maximum $7500 federal tax credit if you are eligible and have the tax liability. Depending on where you live, there can be additional state/local incentives.
Q: How much will a replacement battery cost?
A: At this point, we can't estimate a cost. We'll be able to share more when more info is available.
Q: Can the Nissan LEAF be towed by lifting the front and leaving the rear wheels on the ground?
A: Towing procedures will be provided, just like with any other car.
Q: What can I do as a consumer to help bring your vehicle to this market?
involved? Talk up Zero Emission driving. Communicate with your state/local government
and let them know how important this is. You can use the materials in Nissan
Q: Is this an electric Versa?
A: The Nissan LEAF uses an exclusive platform. It is its own car!
Q: Is it a compact or full size vehicle?
A: The Nissan LEAF is a compact, 5-door family sedan, with seating for 5 (3 child seats fit in the back seat).
will the LEAF be available in the
Nissan LEAF will be on the road beginning December 2010. Availability will
increase through 2011 with full production continuing for the
Q: Okay, here's a question: will Nissan make the EV available through all its dealers in every state?
A: Initially, it will be available in limited quantities and select markets. All dealers will have the opportunity to participate.
Q: Will the price include the battery pack? Or will there be an option to rent/lease the battery pack?
A: The total cost of the vehicle will include the battery pack. Both lease and purchase options will be available for the vehicle, but no option to rent/lease just the battery pack.
is great anticipation for the Nissan EV! How much does it cost?
A: The LEAF will be as low as $25,280 after tax savings with the maximum $7500 federal tax credit
if you are eligible and have the tax liability. There can also be additional state/local incentives depending where you live.
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