Nissan Leaf Canada
The Nissan Leaf is an all electric hatchback manufactured by Nissan since 2010 in Japan, while the 2012 Nissan Leaf will be assembled at Nissan's manufacturing plant in Smyrna, TN along side the Nissan Altima and Maxima. The Leaf was officially launched in Canada in December 2010 while they didn't arrive to Canada dealers until mid 2011, some provinces including Ontario and Quebec have offered up to $8000 rebated for a limited number of first Nissan Leaf buyers making it close to a 22% government rebate on a new electric vehicle, the highest ever offered for any hybrid or energy efficient car. Due to its size and savings many car sharing services including Communauto and Modo have added multiple Nissan Leafs to their fleet, ZipCar Vancouver which is known for its Mini's and Smart fortwo will be adding the Nissan Leaf to its available car sharing services; ever since it added a whole line of hybrid vehicles like the Prius, Honda Insight and Ford Escape hybrid, ZipCar in Vancouver and Toronto has become an alternative of choice for many young professionals which don't feel the need to own and maintain a vehicle; the Nissan Leaf has given them that sense of responsible choice when using these services.
The Nissan Leaf is powered by an 80Kw 110HP synchronous motor, capable of reaching speeds of up to 140km/h; with energy use of 765 kilojoules per km, which is the equivalent of 99 mpg with a 1.4L engine. While there has been many tests to determine the exact driving range of the Leaf, Nissan has it rated at 175km, while the EPA tests are at 160km or 100 miles, atmospheric temperature and driving conditions are factors that change with each test, while daylight running lights, air-conditioning and heater also drain battery life. The 2011 Leaf was named both the World Car of the Year and European Car of the Year, while it was also named the Green Car Vision Award in 2010 beating the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and 2010 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
The 2014 Leaf has two basic ways of charging, after all its an all-electric car, no gasoline fuel backup, zero emissions, the battery or charging port is located at the front, with two connections a normal charge port for home use plug-in and a quick charge port which can be used at quick-charging facilities located at a gas station and parking lots, the quick charge runs on 440V and can fill the battery up to 80% in 30 min. Home charging stations require a 208-240V 40AMP hard wired breaker, the charging dock should be wired directly by a certified electrician. The starting price for the Nissan Leaf in Canada is $38,395 for the Leaf SV trim, while the loaded package trim Leaf SL which adds the quick charger port and solar spoiler which charges the car battery used for the navigation system and on-board dashboard, while they both share 4-wheel vented disc brakes with regenerative braking system which converts the kinetic energy from braking into reusable energy which the Leaf can then store for future use.