Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf

Electric cars have been around since vehicles first began to emerge. The idea of a vehicle powered by electricity has always been an intriguing one so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that many have tried to better the technology required to make this a reality.

In the recent years, electric cars have experienced a growth in popularity. More electric cars than ever before are being produced now, which in part is a result of car makers wanting to manufacture vehicles that are more environmentally friendly.

Nissan has been around since the early 20th Century. Over the years it grew in size and today it’s considered one of the most popular manufacturer’s in the world.

The Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2010. It wasn’t the first time the brand has ventured into the world of electric vehicles however, as back in the late 1990’s, Nissan Altra, the brand’s first battery electric vehicle, was in production.

As of 2015, the Leaf is the best-selling electric vehicle of all-time, with more units of the vehicle sold around the globe than any other highway-capable all-electric vehicle.

Styling-wise, the Nissan Leaf can be recognised by its sharp V-shape design. It also includes large LED headlights, which consume much less electricity than standard lights found on most cars.

Capable of reaching a top speed of over 93 mph (150 km/h), the Leaf is powered by a 24 kWh electric vehicle battery, which is located below the seats. The standard model can be fully recharged in 8 hours however models with a 6.6 kW charger can be fully recharged in as little as 4 hours.

The Leaf is extremely safe having been given 5 stars from The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). I case of an accident, for example, when the airbags are deployed, the vehicle automatically disconnect the high voltage from the car to prevent fires or further damage to the vehicle.

There’s no denying that the Leaf is a fantastic example of an electric vehicle. It’s already breaking records and winning awards, which is great news for the brand as well as electric car enthusiasts. If more cars like the leaf are produce, who knows, perhaps in the future all vehicle will be running on electricity.

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