Nissan to plug the Leaf
Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00
Irish consumers will be among the first in Europe to view and test drive the Nissan Leaf when it arrives here this month.
The world's first mass-produced electric vehicle, which is priced at €29,995 in Ireland including the battery, makes its European debut at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin on Wednesday.
Following the official launch the car will then embark upon a 'Roadshow Tour' of the country for the rest of the month, where it will be on display at various venues, including the Dundrum shopping centre, Dublin; the Mahon Point shopping centre, Cork; and the Headford Road shopping centre, Galway.
The Nissan Leaf's features include air conditioning, satellite navigation and a parking camera.
Innovative smart-phone connectivity will allow an owner to heat or cool the interior of the car remotely via a mobile phone. The car's AC motor develops 80kW of power and 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of more than 140kmh.