Nissan preparing its fourth EV: small city car, sports car and crossover… what is going to be?

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2011

After launching the Leaf EV, it seems that Nissan wants even more and wants to introduce not two but four all-electric vehicles into the U.S. market. Three of the planned models are already know and these are the Leaf, an electric Infinity luxury sedan based on the Leaf and a small electric van that will also be sold as a commercial van and taxi.

Now, the big question is what the fourth electric vehicle will be? Sources confirm that one candidate for the fourth place is a small city car, smaller than the Nissan Versa but larger than a Smart.

For those who don’t know, Nissan is currently developing the next Smart model for Daimler in a partnership between the two automakers. Still, Nissan says that a Japanese version of the smart is out of the question.

Another candidate for the fourth place could be a production version of the Nissan Esflow Concept unveiled back in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

But, there is a problem with this car: Nissan wants to introduce high-volume products and everyone knows that sports cars are typically niche products.

The third candidate would be a crossover vehicle, previewed by the Nissan Townpod EV Concept, unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and described by the manufacturer as a small minivan with ample cargo space and easy-access wide-swinging rear doors.

The compact lithium-ion battery with laminated packaging delivers the new Nissan LEAF’s 90kW powerful output. It also has this amazing electric motor that provides an outstanding 80kW/280Nm. These features make the LEAF more responsive and enjoyable to drive as if you’re driving a fuel-powered car.

You won’t find any tailpipe on the LEAF’s power train unlike those vehicles built in with internal combustion engines. As a result, the Nissan LEAF is free of CO2 emissions or any harmful effects to the environment. With its advanced battery and regenerative braking system, the new LEAF can run up to 160km when fully charged.

According to comprehensive research, 70% of the daily driving requirements (worldwide) are met considering this range. To make it more convenient, you only need as little as 30 minutes to recharge almost 80% of the battery consumed using Nissan’s quick charger. In the meantime, you can always charge it overnight (or approximately 8 hours) using the conventional 200V power outlet at home.

The designers and engineering team came up with a real world car out of the new Nissan LEAF. Aside from providing everyone greener surrounding, they made sure that the LEAF brings value for your money. Nissan also redesigned the body layout and equipped a brand new chassis for improved cargo capacity, space and comfort.

Nissan’s Chief Designer Masato Inoue explained how he wanted Nissan LEAF to be the first mid-size EV in the world with the most convenient and affordable features. And for that same reason, they created a car that one can practically use daily. At the same time, it gives the owner the chance to express his or her concern for the environment.

Topics: nissan, electric car

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