Nissan LEAF Aero Style Concept revealed ahead of the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 21, 2010

Nissan revealed today the LEAF Aero Style Concept, a new show car, which will be introduced in January, at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon. The new car previews a sporty body kit for the recently launched 2011 Leaf Electric Vehicle, showing new silhouette and character lines in order to provide a futuristic sport EV driving. More details to be revealed!

For those who still don’t know, we will remind you that the new Nissan Leaf was approved by EPA as a 0 electric vehicle and was rated as the best in the midsize vehicle class for fuel economy.

The label received by the Nissan Leaf shows a best-in-class 99 miles-per-gallon (MPG) equivalent (combined city/highway). After completion of five-cycle testing, the EPA has rated the Nissan LEAF with an MPG equivalent of 106 city, 92 highway for a combined 99 MPGe.

The 2011 Nissan LEAF has been rated as being the best-in-class when it comes to the environment. It does not use gas and does not emit any greenhouse gas, nor have tailpipe emissions like traditional vehicles. This label became part of the Nissan LEAF's Monroney label and was placed on the vehicles ahead of the December launch.

Nissan LEAF underwent a five-cycle test and once completed, was rated by the EPA as having MPG equivalent of 106 for the city, 92 for highway, with a combined 99 MPGe. This result was computed based on the agency’s formula of having one gallon of gasoline energy equal to 33.7 kWh.

Aside from the rating, the label also displayed its 7-hour charging time, 240-volt charge, and a 73-mile driving range. All of these figures were the result of the five-cycle test conducted under different driving conditions as well as climate controls.

It goes without saying though that the driving range estimated would depend on the actual driving conditions. Nissan Americas senior vice president for Finance and Administration Scott Becker said that the company is happy that the label showed that the Nissan LEAF is indeed the best-in-class option as it is a purely electric vehicle that does not use gas and it doesn’t have a tailpipe – hence, zero emissions.

He added that the label allowed consumers to have a tool that will help them compare vehicles that use alternative fuel to those that have the traditional internal combustion engine and thus be able to make a truly informed purchase decision.

Sales for the Nissan Leaf started in December in the areas of Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. By January 2011, sales started in Hawaii and Texas. Additional market roll-out is expected to continue in the latter part of 2011.

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