Nissan says to sell Leaf electric car for under 30,000 euros

May 17, 2010
Japan's Nissan Motor Electric Vehicle "LEAF" is displayed at a press conferece at the company's global headquarters in Yokohama on March 2010. The Japanese carmaker announced on Monday that the company's Leaf electric car will be sold in Europe for under 30,000 euros (37,105 dollars) after various government incentives.

Japanese carmaker Nissan announced on Monday that the company's Leaf electric car will be sold in Europe for under 30,000 euros (37,105 dollars) after various government incentives.

The Leaf, which stands for Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family car, is billed by as the world's first mass-produced electric vehicle with zero emissions.

The car will go on sale in Portugal and the Netherlands in December, and will arrive at Britain and Ireland in February 2011, Nissan announced at a London press conference on Monday.

Reservations can be made from July, while the car will be rolled out every major western European country by the end of next year.

"Nissan leads the industry by being the first automaker to offer an affordable zero-emission car," said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, adding the price will include the cost of a .

"It's a pure electric vehicle, with no tailpipe emissions and very low running costs."

The vehicle will cost 29,955 euros in Portugal and 29,995 euros in Ireland after government incentives.

In Britain, the Leaf will sell for 23,350 pounds (27,338 euros, 33,750 dollars) after a state incentive of 5,000 pounds.

The price in the Netherlands will be 32,839 euros -- but there will be extra subsidies that will slash the cost by between 6,000-19,000 euros.

The Japanese firm, which is 43.4-percent owned by France's Renault, forecasts that will account for ten percent of worldwide car sales by 2020.

The five-seater hatchback Leaf has a range of 160 kilometres (100 miles), can be rapid-charged to 80 percent of its battery capacity in 30 minutes, and travels at a top speed of more than 140 kilometres (90 miles) per hour.

Nissan added that its electric car will cost around the same as a diesel or , like Toyota's Prius.

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akotlar
not rated yet May 17, 2010
It has all the looks of a $11k Yaris at $38.1k. Though it's probably a step in the right direction, especially if it is charged off-peak.
goldengod
1 / 5 (2) May 17, 2010
How much energy was used to create the technology? If it is more than the energy saved by using the technology then the technology is energy negative. If the energy came from goal or oil then we have a net increase in carbon emissions.

The good thing about running out of oil is that we will see a decrease in emissions because we have less to burn. It's already starting to be noticed.
goldengod
not rated yet May 17, 2010
The amount of energy positive oil left in the world is severely over estimated as it would not be good for market value for the oil industry to have accurate statistics on the actual reserves. You can see the results in the Horizon oil rig debacle. If they had bothered to employ geo physicists to tell them the truth about the pressure they would have been prepared for the situation and could have controlled the pressure release. Sadly the Banksters in charge of big oil would rather not know as then they don't have to pay for the results of the knowledge and can claim that it is an accident if anything goes wrong.

Anyway, if only 10% of cars are electric by 2020 that means only 10% of cars owners will be driving. That will have a major effect on carbon emissions.
Briantllb
2.3 / 5 (3) May 17, 2010
I am getting a tiny bit peed off with all this Carbon emissions crapola. Haven't you been listening? It is all a con, AGW is a con. There is no one able to tell us what the equilibrium temperature of the earth is. So no one can tell us whether or not the warm period we are currently in is abnormal or not. Nor can anyone say for certain that the reduction in CO2 mentioned above is merely the beginning of the collapse of CO2 levels we see at the start of every glaciation period. Do SOME of your own research instead of believing everything the various lying politicians and governments tell you.
somethingcallsme
1 / 5 (2) May 18, 2010
Why should the Japanese make a product for people who are not Japanese?This may sound racist,but I wish Japanese people would only care about their people,and not about money.
Bob_Kob
not rated yet May 18, 2010
@somethingcallsme

What are you talking about? A company has every right to sell a product to another country should they want it. Your country isn't developing commercial electric cars and will then lose out to those who have the audacity to think ahead for once.
Au-Pu
not rated yet May 18, 2010
goldengod, if the oil people told you the truth you would wonder why anyone would bother going electric.
But the oil people know that carbon fuel consumption IS causing problems that will take years to become obvious and are moving into other areas. In Australia BP (the gulf of mexico polluter)is almost the sole producer of solar panels
As for somethingcallsme he should simply pull his white hood back on or return to his nicely padded cell. Wherever he feels more comfortable.
Buyck
not rated yet May 18, 2010
25.000 euro was better but its a begin! The rest will follow soon with better prices and better performance!
HaveYouConsidered
not rated yet May 18, 2010
It is off point to argue about AGW being a con or not. The fact is that the remaining liquid fossil fuel reserves are running short and the net energy balance in obtaining them is increasingly nil. Fossil fuel prices will rise quickly and alternatives are needed beginning now, not 50 years from now.

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