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The New Era Of Zero-Emission Mobility Has Arrived

gallery-1Want to hear something outstanding? After more than 115,000 Americans had gone on the Internet and registered their interest in the 2011 Nissan LEAF all electric car, last Tuesday (April 20), Nissan opened the reservation lines and in the first 65 hours 6,635 customers paid their $99 and signed up to reserve their zero emission car for a December delivery. Far exceeding the expectations of the company which hoped to have 25,000 reserved customers lined up by the car’s roll out in December. Better than 25% of their goal reached in hours instead of months.

The $99 is refundable if you buy a LEAF or opt out of the program and includes a home assessment with a written estimate of what it would cost to get your 240-volt charging dock installed. Which also has a federal tax credit covering 50% of such installations (up to $2,000). The docking station is weatherproof so it can be installed inside or out.

tour-15Nissan also announced Monday (April 26th), it will work with General Electric to develop smart charging stations for electric vehicles. The two companies signed a three-year agreement to study what needs to change in the power grid and in consumer homes to effectively bring electric vehicles to market.

Nissan priced the LEAF within the comfort zone of many American car buyers at a list price of $32,780 plus the up to $7,500 federal tax credit.and various state incentives. For instance, in Oregon buyers will receive a $1,500 tax credit on top of the federal tax credit of up to $7,500, bringing the price down to around $23,780 and in California a $5,000 cash rebate would put their price around $20,280! The LEAF will also be available for a 36-month lease, running $349 per month with an initial payment of $1,999.

“LEAF” from the acronym Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car), is an all-electric four-door, five-passenger, med-size hatchback that has a top speed of about 90 mph (144.84 kph), and a range of more than 100 miles (160km) on one full charge, based on the LA4 drive cycle (the EPA’s testing and rating system). The range will vary with driving habits, conditions, weather, and battery age. Running the heater or a/c will have an impact on the range, similar to a gas-powered car. But you’ll be able to pre-heat and pre-cool the car while charging before you leave to reduce battery load and optimize range.

Snuggly fitted beneath the LEAF’s floorboards is the 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, (a location that allows for a low center of gravity, creating great handling), storing the energy for the 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor. This green energy battery technology consist of 48 lithium ion battery modules. Inside each module is 4 laminated battery cells.

It has LED headlights, a 3.3 kW onboard charger, plus a whole host of other bells, whistles, and creature comforts.

The acceleration of the front wheel drive LEAF is said to be surprisingly quiet and effortless. It has “coasting” regenerative brakes which means when in ‘Drive’ mode every time you coast or apply the brakes the electric motor acts as an electric generator, converting energy that would otherwise be wasted into recharging battery energy.

Since 95% of Americans don’t drive more than 100 miles a day, a zero emissions vehicle like this is right up our green alley.

tour-16With two packages to choose from, either the basic SV trim level or the higher SL package that includes a rear-view monitor, solar spoiler panel, fog lights and automatic on-off headlamps. Five color choices: blue, black, white, silver and red. (What, no green?!)

Deliveries of the LEAF will begin in December, the first cars going to the Seattle-Puget Sound area, Phoenix and Tucson, and the states of Oregon, California and Tennessee. Soon thereafter it will be available in the Washington, D.C., area, Orlando, Houston, Vancouver, and the states of Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and Massachusetts. The LEAF is scheduled to go national at the end of 2011, with global market roll-out planned for 2012.

Now didn’t I tell you 2010 was going to be a remarkable year in the greening of our market place? This year we are stepping out of the past and into our sustainable future. … Even if we have to drag some folks kicking and screaming all the way.

….as the green future unfolds.

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18 Responses to “Build It Green And They Will Buy”

  1. melds Says:

    i like this one too but i guess this is expensive

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi melds … not too bad if you think of the reductions that are offered. Maybe they could bargain a little bit too. Either way, gas is a thing of the past.

    Hi Pro Model … Yes! 😀 Come back again.

    Hi North Jersey … Yes! they are, keep your eyes wide open as there will be a variety. You will have to do your due diligence when shopping for a car like this as with any other car.

  3. pro model razor scooter Says:

    Is every post on your website this good? Thanks for blogging.

  4. North Jersey Air Systems Says:

    Lovely…yes there is a demand for these good things…only if they are manufactured for the good intention of the world.many millions are lining up for some good car companies going for this.

  5. Yelena Delfierro Says:

    Hey can I use some of the content here in this blog if I provide a link back to your site?

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Yelena … glad you came by and come back again

    Hi green products … yes, it has become popular.

  7. green products Says:

    Green products are totally a hit now a days, for several people are cooperating with the going green thing
    .-= green products´s last blog ..Sustainable Hosting: Canvas Dreams =-.

  8. Terry | Canada Pharmacy Online Says:

    Great Article! The Nissan Leaf actually looks like a real car instead
    of a toy car like the typical smart car. I think I
    will wait to hear customers reviews before considering
    purchasing the car.

  9. Linda Says:

    Hi Terry … I know what you mean but if they would just make a truck that had some power, I would put my name in the hat! Live in a rural area and need it.

    Hi debt … Yes! and I also like to just use pictures. 😀

  10. debt Says:

    Have you ever thought of adding more videos to your posts to keep the readers more entertained? I just read through the entire article and it was quite good…thanks for sharing

  11. Rae | Estate Planning Hub Says:

    I really love how that comes with a nice tax credit. As long as the government keeps helping out with purchases such as this, we might see even more green improvements in the near future.

    I like how the Leaf looks, and it’s got a pretty sweet name as well.
    .-= Rae | Estate Planning Hub´s last blog ..Apr 29, Can we rent home while mom on medicaid? =-.

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi Rae … My hope is that it will be faster than we think! It is a nice looking car. 😀

  13. Orlandy Says:

    Its good to see a decent sized electric car with a useable range for a change. Most electric cars I’ve seen before only have a range of around 40 miles.

    Lets hope 2010 holds lots more advances in green technology!
    .-= Orlandy´s last blog ..Cash Pot for Irish Farmers =-.

  14. Linda Says:

    Hi Orlandy … I know what you mean. There are so many advances that the consumer should be able to select any of them at a very fair price. We will see! 😀

  15. Lissof Leuf Says:

    Hi Linda,

    It brings a tear of joy to my eyes, my heartbeat quickens. Is it possible that we may turn the corner on energy dependence?

    Now if we can push for high speed electric trains for both passenger and commodities relocation and regulations to demand that renewable sources of electric be utilized for all future power demands…

  16. Linda Says:

    HI Lissof …. ” Bluuuue Skies, shining on me …. nothing but Blue Skies ” – I am just lovin this year! Green things are happening and bad guys are getting caught with the perverbial smokin gun! 😀

  17. Green Living Says:

    Thanks for the great post, it helps to know that there are other people out there that care aboutthe Earth. Please add your site to our directory to get your good words out to our readers. Thanks again, it really helps me keep going to read blogs like yours. You can find our directory at http://www.everygreenthing.net

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi Green Living … Thanks for your kind words. I am off to see your site!

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