Irish get first chance to turn over new Leaf
Published 04/08/2010 | 05:00
NISSAN'S electric car, the Leaf, makes its European public debut tonight at Grand Canal Dock, Dublin.
After that, it embarks on a roadshow tour of the country for August.
Among the venues where it will be on display are: Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin -- this Friday and Saturday; Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork -- Friday 13; Headford Road Shopping Centre, Galway -- Sunday 15. Anyone interested can reserve test-drive bookings at each of the venues. In other words, they would be among the first in Europe to test drive a zero-emission car. Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, sat-nav and a parking camera. The AC motor develops 80kW of power (max speed of more than 140kph).
The electric motor is 'fuelled' by a laminated lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90kW. The potential range on a full charge is 160km. First cars are scheduled to arrive on forecourts next February. Order books to buy a Leaf have been opened here too. Potential customers can place their order on www.nissan.ie/ nissanleaf -- it requires a fully refundable deposit of €232. Nissan says these 'early adopters' will also be given an opportunity to test-drive the Nissan Leaf thoroughly by December, and at that stage, must make up their mind.
When government incentives are included, the Leaf will cost €29,995, including the battery.
Nissan claims it will be no more expensive to buy -- and cheaper to run -- than a conventional hatchback. It says running costs are anticipated at less €1.20-per-100km which, it claims, is an 80pc saving on an average 1.5 litre diesel car.