Carlos Tavares, Nissan, at the 2010 Plug-in conference

At the  2010 Plug‘In Conference in San Jose, Nissan’s executive vice-president of the Americas, Carlos Tavares, discussed plans for the LEAF roll-out.

What are Nissan’s plans for Electric Vehicles for the next two years? How many major markets will the EV be rolled out in?

How many cars does Nissan envision selling in the next year?

Will the Leaf be made in the USA or Japan?

When does the Electric vehicle become mainstream to Nissan?

How much time is Nissan taking to work with energy providers?

Nissan Leaf

MSRP: $33,580 (includes destination)Maximum

Federal credit: $7,500 to the first 200,000 buyers

Maximum California Credit: $5,000

Lease: 3-year $349 a month

Miles per charge: 100

Standard: 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty

Able to buy: December 2010  to drivers in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington;

Specs:

80 kW AC synchronous electric motor

24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery

3.3 kW onboard charger

zero tailpipe emissions

100% electric “ no gasoline required

high response synchronous AC motor

80kWrange “100 miles/charge based upon

US EPA LA4 City cycle2

Lee Slezak, Manager, Advanced Vehicle Systems Stimulation & Evaluation, Office of Freedom CAR and Vehicle techonologies, said that the Government was given $400 million dollars to work out the bugs for standardization and charging unit’s. The government will partially fund the initial charging unit’s in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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