Nissan introduces LEAF electric vehicle - WKRN News 2

Nissan introduces LEAF electric vehicle

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - By late next year, Nissan will enter the North American retail market with a car that doesn't need a drop of gasoline.

Nissan's new model, called the LEAF, is poised to jump into the zero emissions electric car arms race full throttle.

"The fact that it has fantastic accelerator, that's a surprise to some people and I don't know what people think about when they think about electric vehicles.  Some people think about a glorified golf cart, no way, this is a real car," Mark Perry, Director of Product Planning for Nissan told News 2.

It's a "real car" with all the bells and whistles, such as GPS.

The car will go 100 miles before needing a charge, But some kinks must still be worked out.

"It's a push button start.  We actually have to think about things like start up sound because this is no alternator noise, no engine to turn on," he said.  "It's so quiet that we have people actually keep pushing the button trying to get the car to start and it's already on so we have to think what are the signals, the sounds, we have to send consumers so they know that they know the car is up and running just like it should."

To get the LEAF or any electric car up and running, consumers will be glad to know car companies are working together.

"It's a universal charger so for the consumer, we're actually ahead of the cell phone industry.   Right now you need a different charger for every phone.  For electric vehicles, it's one charger for everybody.  The charging network will work for everybody," said Perry.

Tennessee is one of five states that will get electric plug-in stations through a Nissan partnership so you can charge your electric car while you shop

A company hopes to build 2,500 stations in Tennessee, Oregon, Seattle, Phoenix and San Diego.

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