Nissan formally launched its Leaf EV (Electric Vehicle) today. I was in Ginza the other day and shot this video of their demo (actually, “the other day” is misleading because I’m always in Ginza – it’s just down the road). If the HD version isn’t an option for you here, jump over to YouTube for more viewing options:
(shot and edited with my iPhone using the iMovie for iPhone app)
Nissan said the five-seater hatchback was rated with a range of 200 km (124 miles) on a full charge under Japanese test standards, although Californian authorities have rated it at 160 km (100 miles) and another U.S. agency at just 73 miles.
It comes with a suggested retail price of 3.76 million yen ($44,900), discounted to 2.98 million yen in Japan with government subsidies. In the United States, the Leaf will cost about $25,000 after a federal tax credit and in Europe about 30,000 euros before subsidies.
(Nissan launches Leaf, bets big on electric vehicles, by Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent, Reuters)
A few more photos I shot with my iPhone: