August 2, 2009

NISSAN UNVEILS "LEAF" - THE WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC CAR DESIGNED FOR AFFORDABILITY AND REAL-WORLD REQUIREMENTS Event ushers in a new era for Nissan and a new era for mobility
YOKOHAMA, (Aug. 2, 2009) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world's first affordable, zero-emission car. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion batterypowered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.

NISSAN LEAF NISSAN LEAF Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility - the zero-emission era. The car is the embodiment of Nissan's radical, transformative vision for the future and the culmination of decades of investment and research. "Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment - one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride," said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality - the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero - not simply reduced - emissions. It's the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey - for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry." The "LEAF" name is a significant statement about the car itself. Just as leaves purify the air in nature, so Nissan LEAF purifies mobility by taking emissions out of the driving experience. Pricing details will be announced closer to start of sales in late 2010; however, the company expects the car to be competitively priced in the range of a well-equipped Csegment vehicle. Additionally, Nissan LEAF is expected to qualify for an array of significant

the styling. is a global automotive company with vehicle sales of 3. 2) Incentives and subsidies from local. Renault. pickup trucks. Ltd.000 worldwide preorders for the vehicle's debut. Nissan LEAF is designed to be friendly to the wallet as well as to the environment. who noted that the Leaf "will provide the features. WORLDWIDE PARTNERS Zero-emission mobility programs under the banner of the Renault-Nissan Alliance include partnerships with countries such as the UK and Portugal. for a total of nearly 30 partnerships worldwide. because the vehicle has less mechanical complexity than a traditional gasolinepowered car. Tennessee. and other sites for investment are under study around the world. Japan. we are working with our Alliance partner.local. and national governments. regional and national tax breaks and incentives in markets around the world.[146] After hitting this milestone in September 2010. with additional capacity planned for Smyrna. This includes programs that focus on technological innovations that focus on people and care for the planet. and other sectors.. The first of Nissan's EV's will be manufactured at Oppama. LTD. regional. the Leaf was given the 2010 Green Car Vision Award by the Green Car Journal (GCJ). Nissan is present in all major auto markets worldwide. There were 20. Our vision for zero-emission mobility is an outgrowth of our CSR approach. NISSAN BLUE CITIZENSHIP Nissan is committed to making a better world through its commitment to corporate social responsibility. The Leaf was enthusiastically received by consumers. Nissan Motor Co. ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLE PRODUCTION Nissan LEAF is the first in the company's forthcoming line of EVs and is a major milestone in the realization of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's vision for zero-emission mobility. Nissan stopped taking orders for the vehicle until many of this initial orders had been delivered in early 2011. USA. selling a comprehensive range of cars. Japan. with additional capacity planned for the USA. SUVs. ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR CO. and the . Together. As an added benefit. The Leaf has received awards from multiple organizations. the UK and Portugal.[147] At the 2010 Washington Auto Show. Meanwhile. which we call Blue Citizenship. and 3) Public education on the individual and societal benefits of zero-emissions mobility.. and light commerical vehicles. to make a better world through zero-emission mobility. lithium-ion batteries are being produced in Zama. Notable awards include the inclusion by Time magazine as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009. In these partnerships major efforts focus on three areas: 1) Development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure through public and private investment.411 million in 2008. local governments in the Japan and the USA.

The article did not mention that home charger installations are eligible for a 50% federal tax credit up to US$2. an at-home charger and its installation cost more than US$2.[155] Consumer Reports noted that the first 5. upon awarding the Leaf its 2010 Breakthrough Award."[24] Popular Mechanics.000 km/year (15.[156] [edit] ..[25] 2011 Eco-Friendly Car of the Year by Cars.000.200.. Consumer Reports also called buyers' attention to the fact that the Leaf's total out-of-pocket costs include a US$595 acquisition fee and a US$395 disposition fee." Popular Mechanics also alluded to the Leaf's 160 kilometres (100 mi) range.200. but [.000-mile-per-year) allowance. The consumer group also emphasized that the lease price of US$349-a-month applies only to buyers with good credit (Tier 1.700 Leaf buyers will get free chargers with federal support in 13 cities. the monthly rate would increase. explained that the Nissan Leaf is "not the first pure EV.[154] The additional 220–240-volt charger is only required for countries (mainly the North / South American continent) that do not have a 220–240-volt domestic grid and want faster charging than under 110–120-volt. which can cost several thousand dollars.[150][151] As of 2011 the Leaf is ranked as the most efficient EPA certified vehicle for all fuels ever. which may underestimate the energy draw during highway driving conditions. but additional miles will cost extra.[152].[152][153] The American magazine Consumer Reports noted that while charger costs vary between US$700 and US$1. for those with less than optimum credit.[149] and also was listed among the 2011 Greenest Vehicles of the Year by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. or a FICO score of 700 or above). while producing zero localized emissions and requiring no petroleum fuels.[26] Nissan Leaf with Level 2 recharging station unit displayed at the 2010 Washington Auto Show In 2009. The consumer group also reminded that many older houses with only a 60–100 amp supply may need a panel upgrade to install a 240-volt circuit.000 even for simple installations. a former Tesla Motors marketing manager criticized Nissan about the cooling system chosen for thermal management in lithium-ion battery packs. which is said to be "enough for most commuters for the price of an average vehicle – and with a much lower operating cost than gasoline-powered vehicles. They reminded buyers that the lease comes with a 23."[148] Other awards received by the Leaf include the 2011 European Car of the Year.] hits the mainstream like none of its predecessors.com.driving experience that will meet the needs of a sophisticated and demanding market. He also claimed there may also be an overestimation of the 160-kilometre (100 mi) range that was computed using LA-4 or "city" mode.[154] Nissan estimates a typical charger installation costs US$2.

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