Last post on Oct 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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Nissan Leaf, Electric Cars, Hatchback
#111 of 120 Re: Not Yet [gfr1]
Jul 23, 2012 (7:14 am)
Hybrid cars are still in the developmental stages. We get teething problems but they'll improve. Once there is a consumer base, we can expect dramatic improvements as developers will be more willing to spend on R&D. Just wait ...
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#112 of 120 Re: Not Yet [kevinwfs]
Jul 23, 2012 (7:26 am)
That won't help the American workers. Most of the hybrid stuff has to be built in 3rd World environments where there is little regulation. We are throwing good tax money away subsidizing the EVs and Hybrids.
Nov 05, 2012 (7:55 am)
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#115 of 120 Leaf to be built in TN
Jan 09, 2013 (8:31 pm)
Nissan launching production of Leaf in U.S.
Washington — Nissan Motor Co. said it will begin U.S. production of its all-electric Leaf on Thursday in Tennessee as part of a $1.4 billion government loan.
The Japanese automaker won an Energy Department loan in 2010 to build a battery plant in Smyrna, Tenn., and to retool to build the Leaf at its assembly plant next door.
The Leaf will be built alongside the company's gasoline-powered products.
Nissan says it is the only automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle batteries, at the biggest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the United States.
Apr 19, 2013 (8:15 am)
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#118 of 120 EV Curious? I took the plunge...
May 13, 2013 (12:42 pm)
I purchased a used, 2011 Nissan Leaf. It's been an interesting experience! I had so much curiosity from friends that I began keeping a diary... follow along, if you're curious, too!
Jul 04, 2013 (1:22 pm)
I wonder how much will it cost to make a small 4 seater EV wagon with a 300 mile range which does not have a bonnet since the motors can be mounted on axle or wheels.
Batteries can be mounted on the chassis, so this car can be just 130 - 140 inches in length, and with a smaller frame and lighter weight, it may need only lesser batteries. A small space of 10 cu. ft can be allotted for things at the back.
I wish some company makes such a car and put it to market. May be they can choose another scientist name like Volta, Ampere, Watt for it.
#120 of 120 Re: How much [yerth10]
Oct 21, 2013 (4:04 pm)
It will take a lot of battery to go 300 miles no matter how small the vehicle. Add that to all the safety requirements mandated in the USA. Start by calculated how many KWHs are needed just to push enough batteries around in a vehicle. You figure the Leaf is minimalist and weighs 3291lbs with a range of maybe 90 miles. I think the batteries weigh 900 lbs. So triple that and you need a frame that would hold about 2700 lbs. Not any easy task.