To creation of the first serial electric a company Nissan went long years. Thus, speech exactly about specially worked out for the mass production of car, but not electric version of already existent petrol-diesel model. By a maiden attempt to «feel soil» in the niche of electric machines there was a version of minivan Rinses on electric that was named by Altra. This car was presented in 1997 on a motor show in Los Angeles, and his mass production began in 1998.
This model was equipped by the Li-On battery of the third generation, the supply of motion made about 250 km.
In all a company produced 219 copies of this model that was also used in commercial aims.
After these two attempts a company took a pause in eight years, the revisions of new prototype that had to become basis for a serial car on electric went during that. The worked out electric «filling» the engineers of Nissan set on a car Tiida and named him concept of EV - 11, that was presented in 2009.
After a year a company presented the serial version of this electric vehicle that was named «green» the name Leaf (from English is a «sheet») already, although actually in the name of this car in cipher abbreviation of Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car is a «leading, ecologically clean, accessible domestic car».
Although car and built on a base hatchback Tiida (platform of Nissan V), but he has large sizes (length is a 4445 mm, width are a 1770 mm, height are a 1550 mm) of basket, extended wheel-base (2700 mm), though less travelling road clearance (1600 mm against a 1700 mm at Tiida).
Nissan Leaf is equipped by a three-phase synchronous electromotor. The supply of motion on one charging makes a 175 km. Also the car is equipped by a battery that, according to producers, can serve during 10.
In the workplace driver the full colored is distinguished, spherical form device panel with electronic devices. She is executed in two «floors»: on the overhead, less in size screen, an electronic speedometer is placed, and on lower is a sensor of testimony of level of charge of battery, her temperature, supply of motion, mode of operations of transmission, and also small screen of odometer.
Unlike the predecessor compact сity car Hypermini, Nissan Leaf is five local hatchbacks C-Class that remotely reminds the model of Tiida the design of exterior. An electric vehicle has an original on style forehand: his short hood an electromotor hides under that is inclined under the corner of 45 degrees.