Nissan LEAF | Zero Emission

It has a sleek, futuristic body that, you’ll notice, doesn’t have that little door you open up when you fill up with gas. It doesn’t need that little door because it doesn’t use gas. And you’ll notice the Nissan LEAF® doesn’t have a tailpipe either. There is no need for a tailpipe on a car that doesn’t use gas and has Zero Emissions.*

*for tailpipe emissions

Remember, we’re not talking about low emissions here. We’re not talking about a car that is powered by some gas and some electricity, like a hybrid is. We are talking about no emissions and zero gas. 100% electric.

The new experience.

Now when you get in the Nissan LEAF®, that’s when it becomes obvious how different this thing really is. You start it with the touch of a button and you are greeted not with the familiar vroom-vroom of a traditional car, but with a soothing modern start-up sound. You know that little techno-greeting when you turn on your computer or cellphone? It’s like that.

Alright, so the car is now running. This is
where it gets really cool – you don’t hear
any engine sounds and you don’t feel any engine vibrations. Silence. You could sit there and listen to yourself breathing if you were so inclined (though that would be kind of weird).

Next, it’s time to actually drive the car. Slip that futuristic gearshift into drive and step on the accelerator. Still no noise, still no vibration, but now there is something else to experience for the first time: 100% instant torque. Instant.

 

The new realities

The new brakes
Launch video

The new fuel
Launch video

Lithium-ion battery info
Launch video

The new tech

So how do we do it?
Simple answer: with a battery.

It’s not really that simple though. Sure, it’s simple for you (because you just have to plug it in) but Nissan had to invent and develop this lithium-ion battery. Building a battery that is robust and reliable enough for automotive use, yet small enough to fit in a family car, was an engineering challenge that Nissan had to solve. And they did.

The project began back in 1992 and continued to develop with the introduction of manganese, a cost effective and reliable resource that is both stable and readily available. For cooling purposes, the battery was built with a laminated structure, resulting in a longer life and a simple configuration. While they remain the same size as conventional lithium-ion batteries, the battery in the Nissan LEAF® produces twice the power, allowing for strong acceleration, and they regenerate more easily, recapturing more energy in regenerative braking.

Beginning in 2012, this battery will be manufactured right here in the United States, at our new plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.


It isn’t something we decided to do yesterday, or last week. It isn’t a new initiative, or a flashy new marketing idea. Innovation...is what Nissan is.

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