Wednesday 24 May 2017

Irish get first chance to turn over new Leaf

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.

Irish Independent

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