Nissan Leaf now integrated in latest SimCity game

Article by Anita Panait, on April 30, 2013

Nissan is partnering with Electronic Arts, to integrate the Nissan Leaf into the latest edition of the city-building strategy game, SimCity.  This will allow players to create electric vehicle-friendly cities by driving Nissan Leaf and installing up to five Nissan-branded charging stations across their cities free of charge.

Currently, the Nissan Leaf is the only electric vehicle available in the game. As a reward for developing charging infrastructure for EVs, buildings will experience a one-time wave of "happiness," a key incentive mechanism in SimCity.

Once the charging stations are installed, Leaf vehicles will start roaming the city, and players will be able to see the "EV smiles" on their Sims’ faces as cruise around the place – just like those in faces of real-life Leaf drivers. Players can visit Nissan’s online calculator to see how Leaf "happiness" translates in real life savings through the carmaker’s Web site.

SimCity made its debut in 1989 and has been one of the most popular strategy games. SimCity made its return to PC in March 2013, and EA has since sold over 1.3 million copies of the game.

The SimCity community is expected to grow further when the game debuts on the Mac in June 2013. The new SimCity features intelligent simulation of everything in the game -- from all of the Sims in a city to every kilowatt of power in a region of cities. Through SimCity experience, players can create the cities of their imaginations.

Underpinning the new Nissan Leaf is bespoke EV architecture that allows this electric car to have elegant proportions. The new Leaf measures 4,445 mm in length, 1,770 mm in width and 1,550 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm.

Amazingly, the new Nissan Leaf only has a coefficient of drag value of 0.28 Cd, thanks to its highly aerodynamic shape, a new 17-inch wheel design and subtle changes to its grille. Just like the previous model, the new Leaf still features slim yet almost vertical headlights, with higher range models employing LED technology for the headlamps. These headlights also help the Leaf achieve its excellent aerodynamics while reducing wind noise, as they guide airflow away from the door mirrors.

Nissan designed the body of the new Leaf by applying its 'smart fluidity' principle. This resulted to a kicked-up roofline seemingly fusing into a large spoiler as well as the employment of a flat, smooth underfloor. On the rear, the new Nissan Leaf is marked by slim yet curved vertical taillights. Of course, as an EV, the new Nissan Leaf has no exhaust pipes.

The latest iteration of the Nissan Leaf could now be availed in more exterior colors. In fact, seven exterior finishes are now available including black metallic, grey, red pearl metallic and solid white as well as blue pearl metallic and metallic silver and white pearl.

Inside, the new Nissan Leaf features a plethora of changes, including new seats. It is provided with new front seats designed and shaped to offer better support while providing up to 53mm more legroom for rear passengers. Nissan has re-profiled the front seats to enable rear passengers to place their feet underneath them, thereby considerably increasing leg room. Moreover, the height of the front seats could now be adjusted.

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