Nissan Leaf: Electric hatch coming to Australia in 2012

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Derek loves nothing more than punching a remote location into a GPS, queuing up some music and heading out on a long drive, so it's a good thing he's in charge of CNET Australia's Car Tech channel.

Nissan has just unveiled its long mooted electric car, the Leaf, and it will be coming to Australia some time in 2012.

Update: we've now added shots of the interior.




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jw posted a comment   

it sounds good a fast quite city car hopefully with very soft bumpers, the batterys I wonder how they will recycle and at what cost , what we should have is car control small not so fast super economical , its not about egos or profit its our planet

 

Dr Paul posted a comment   

When can I buy one?
Driving around knowing that my car exhaust is adding to the world's climate change makes me feel sick. I know this car is not totally green and will need to charge off the power grid but change must start somewhere! Only after more and more electric vehicles roll out will the impetus for change gather strength. Or we could all just pretend that it's not my fault and continue in our small- minded, egocentric worlds and give future generations a bleak planet.

 

Bazz posted a comment   

For range extention, if you want to go say interstate, I saw the owner of Blade Electric Cars had a really small trailer in which was an extra set of batteries and a petrol generator. He used it to take his car to Melbourne. This was before he moved his business to Victoria.

 

William posted a comment   

Nissan Leaf has two charging options: 1) a standard power outlet will take at least 8 hours to charge in an Australian 240VAC outlet (16 hours in the US 110VAC ones) and a second special charger, installed in your garage or at charging stations, that takes as little as 30 minutes.

 

Ken posted a comment   

Is it possible to make a solar charging panel on the roof of Nissan Leaf? It's a far more realistic solution if you get stuck in the forest, or in the desert? It's about life, anyway.

 

Polyarmour posted a reply   

Ron, you can't get enough energy from the sun to charge the batteries. Even if you left it out in full sun all day long you'd be lucky to achieve 0.2kWh energy input to the batteries when they need 24kWh. Solar would contribute less than 1% of the requirement. It's not worth the expense.

 

telaxu posted a reply   

look, if you're on facebook you can check out this link...

http://www.facebook.com/teslamotors?v=photos&so=165&sb=4#!/album.php?aid=173823&id=18790602800

pretty sure if you can solar or wind charge your electric sports car in belgium or ireland! then you could probably manage in australia...

 

Red posted a reply   

24kwh
Standard home solar kit is 1.5kw
can generate up to 15kwh per day in summer. Nope, not a chance! To offset you will need a 4kw system at least or around 8 x 8 meters of solar panels.

 

Red posted a reply   

24kwh
Standard home solar kit is 1.5kw
can generate up to 15kwh per day in summer. Nope, not a chance! To offset you will need a 4kw system at least or around 8 x 8 meters of solar panels.

 

telaxu posted a reply   

look, if you're on facebook you can check out this link...

http://www.facebook.com/teslamotors?v=photos&so=165&sb=4#!/album.php?aid=173823&id=18790602800

pretty sure if you can solar or wind charge your electric sports car in belgium or ireland! then you could probably manage in australia...

 

Red posted a reply   

24kwh
Standard home solar kit is 1.5kw
can generate up to 15kwh per day in summer. Nope, not a chance! To offset you will need a 4kw system at least or around 8 x 8 meters of solar panels.


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