2011 Nissan LEAF Press Kit: At a Glance

The 2011 Nissan LEAF™, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car, ushers in a new era of mobility – the “no gas, no tailpipe” zero-emission era. Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that seats five adults comfortably and has a range of 100 miles (U.S. LA4 cycle) on one full charge to satisfy real-world consumer requirements.

The all-new Nissan LEAF is powered by a lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal-combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF’s powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven.

The Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately eight hours. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

The Nissan LEAF’s distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting LED headlights with a blue internal reflective appearance. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag. The headlights consume about 50 percent of the electricity of conventional halogen headlights.

The exterior also utilizes a standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charging point is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle. The 5-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. Attractive 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with P205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires are standard. Five exterior colors are available: Glacier Pearl, Blue Ocean, Brilliant Silver, Super Black and Cayenne Red.

The roomy Nissan LEAF interior offers a pleasingly modern design with blue instrument panel highlights and instrument illumination, a “floating” piano black C-stack and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The seat fabrics are partially made with recycled materials. The unique EV-IT designed interface utilizes CARWINGS telematics (no charge for 36 months) connected to a global data center.

Nissan LEAF drivers are able to use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on air conditioning and set charging functions remotely, even when the vehicle is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer can also be programmed to start the charging event.

The digital instrument panel includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display and Eco indicator. The standard monitor also displays “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations. A Nissan Navigation System, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System are standard. A RearView Monitor and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver are standard on LEAF SL models.

Nissan LEAF safety systems include six air bags, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

The 2011 Nissan LEAF is offered in two well-equipped models, the LEAF SV and LEAF SL. The LEAF SL includes a photovoltaic spoiler panel spoiler that supports charging of the 12-volt battery for car accessories, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, cargo cover and more.

Highlights of the 2011 Nissan LEAF include:

Body designed for aerodynamic efficiency
106.3-inch wheelbase, 175.0-inch overall length, 69.7-inch width, 61.0-inch height
Standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser
Aerodynamically shaped LED headlights designed to help reduce drag and wind noise
Slim-type aerodynamic LED taillights
Available automatic on/off headlights (standard on SL)
Body-color front and rear bumpers
Charge ports located above front grille
Portable trickle charge cable (120V)
Available photovoltaic solar panel spoiler (standard on SL)
Available fog lights (standard on SV)
Dual power remote-controlled outside mirrors
Chrome outside door handles
Fixed vortex-shedding roof antenna
Five available exterior colors: Glacier Pearl, Blue Ocean, Brilliant Silver, Super Black and Cayenne Red
Motor and Driveline
Front motor/front-wheel drive
Single speed gear reducer
Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
AESC (Automotive Energy Supply Corporation) laminated lithium-ion battery with 48 compact 2-cell modules
Standard EV-IT system
High-response 80kW AC synchronous motor
Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
3.3 kW onboard charger
107 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque
Range: 100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle conducted in laboratory tests. (Battery capacity decreases with time and use. Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.)
Available Quick Charge Port (allows charging to 80% capacity in 30 minutes at public charging stations)
Shift-by-wire drive selector
Suspension, Steering and Braking
Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar
Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
Regenerative braking system, allowing LEAF to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery
Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia tires
Tire Repair Kit
Interior Features
Modern interior design with “floating” piano black C-stack
5-passenger seating capacity
6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger’s seat
Seat fabric partially made with recycled materials
60/40-split folding rear seat
Front door map pockets, passenger seat map pockets
High quality gauges with unique EV-IT design for intuitive communication with driver
Digital gauges: Speedometer, battery temperature, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display, Eco indicator, outside temperature gauge
Standard trip computer (instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range)
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
Center console storage
Palm shifter, electric parking brake
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback capability and 6 speakers
Auxiliary input jack and USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices
Standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Start
Power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down
Power door locks with auto locking feature
Remote charge door release
Two cupholders (front center console), two bottle holders (door panels)
Illuminated glove compartment
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
12-volt power outlet
Remote keyless entry system with remote windows down and hatch release
Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
Standard Nissan Navigation System
Standard CARWINGS telematics (no charge for 36 months), allowing for remote connection to vehicle – monitor battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event, turn on HVAC system
Standard XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately)
Standard Roadside Assistance program (no charge for 36 months)
Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (standard on SL)
Available RearView Monitor (standard on SL)
Front and rear assist grips
Floor and trunk carpeting
Available cargo cover (standard on SL)
Light Gray interior color
Safety and Security
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant classification sensors
Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters
Child seat upper tether anchor
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
Child safety rear door locks
Energy-absorbing steering column
Zone Body construction with front & rear crumple zones
Side door guard beams
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle Security System (VSS)
Models and Manufacturing
Offered as two well-equipped models: Nissan LEAF SV and Nissan LEAF SL
Assembled by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd in Oppama, Japan; lithium-ion batteries produced in Zama, Japan

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