The first deliveries of the all-electric Nissan LEAF have taken place in Japan and Portugal.
The first 10 units of the zero-emission Nissan LEAF in Japan have been delivered to the Kanagawa Prefectural Government.
Six of these vehicles will be designated for official use and four will serve as rental cars to be used in the “EV Sharing Model Business”.
Kanagawa Prefecture will be adopting 3,000 electric vehicles, as well as offering purchase incentives, and developing charging infrastructure, including quick chargers and normal charging facilities.
Meanwhile Portuguese electric mobility consortium MOBI.E has taken delivery of nine Nissan LEAFs, becoming the first commercial customer in Europe of the world’s first mass-market 100% electric vehicle.
MOBI.E includes companies such as EDP, Efacec, Critical Software, Martifer and Siemens, who have developed MOBI.E’s charging solution.
The Portuguese government has also received a Nissan LEAF on loan for test-drive purposes.
Portugal was the first country in Europe to establish a direct electric vehicle partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance in November 2008, signing an agreement to build a widespread recharging network at Portugal and to promote the benefits of zero emission mobility.
MOBI.E, which is installing the network, has already set up charging points in 25 cities across the country. Another 1,300 normal chargers and 50 fast chargers will be set up by summer 2011.
The Nissan LEAF, which was recently awarded European Car of the Year 2011, is powered by a compact electric motor, which drives the front wheels. The AC motor develops a power output of 109PS and 280Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of 145 km/h. The electric motor is powered by a Nissan-developed laminated lithium-ion battery with an output of more than 90kW. The car has a range of 175 km (New European Driving Cycle) between charges.
Deliveries to customers have already begun in Japan and the United States while in Europe, deliveries to Portugal, Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands will start in the first quarter of 2011.
Production of the car, which is currently being manufactured in Japan, is due to start in Sunderland, in the UK, from early 2013.