Nissan Motor Co. has commenced selling green-car credits -- called ZEV (zero-emission vehicle) credits -- under California's clean-air rules, following the lead of another electric-car maker, Tesla Motors Inc. According to Nissan, Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, the carmaker has delivered enough of its Leaf all-electric cars that it has started selling excess ZEV credits.
"We've got carbon credits to sell, and we're selling them -- California ZEV credits," Palmer remarked. The demand for zero-emission vehicles -- plug-ins and plug-in hybrids -- in the US has been boosted by California's requirement for such units to ease emissions of carbon dioxide and other exhaust gases as well as by federal rules intended at doubling fuel- efficiency by 2025.
California is requiring large carmakers to sell electric or other zero-emission vehicles in proportion to their share of the state's vehicle market.
California is aiming to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. While Tesla is considered as too small to be required to amass ZEV credits, it has so far been the main seller.
The carmaker posted its first quarterly profit in the first quarter of 2013 thanks partly to sales of ZEV credits to undisclosed mass-market rivals. Sales of ZEV credits in the first half of 2013, at around $119 million, accounted for around 12 percent of Tesla's revenues in the period.
Combined sales of ZEV credits and of credits for exceeding federal efficiency requirements accounted for 16 percent of Tesla's total revenue in the period.
The all-new Nissan LEAF is created on a customized EV platform with a 2700 mm wheelbase. It is 4445 mm long, 1770 mm wide and 1550 mm tall. Its distinguishable form is highly aerodynamic. Several cunning modifications were made to the grille – virtually the only graphical change among the original and New LEAF - and another 17-inch wheel design has lessened the Cd figure to a best of only 0.28.
Just like before, the front of the vehicle is formed by the slender, almost vertical, headlights, with LED lighting on top models. The lights likewise control airflow away from the door mirrors to enhance aerodynamics and lessen to wind noise.
The body was built utilizing Nissan's ‘smart fluidity’ ideology with the kicked-up roofline mixing into a huge spoiler while the wind-cheating shape is additionally assisted by the flat, smooth underfloor. The rear view is influenced by slender, delicately curved, vertical taillights and is, obviously, distinguishable by the complete lack of an exhaust pipe.
The color palette has been extended and there are currently seven exterior colors available with a solid white, grey, blue pearl metallic and dark metallic joining metallic silver, white pearl and red pearl metallic.
Remarkable modifications inside the cabin include new seats. In addition to being remodelled for better support, the front-seats now integrate height adjustment and have been renovated to give up to 53mm more space for rear seat passengers. This has been accomplished by re-outlining the driver and front passenger seats to permit those in the rear to place their feet below them, heightening leg space.