The Nissan Leaf, (for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable Family car) will be built in three assembly plants worldwide. We already knew about Japan and the U.S., but Nissan has clarified that both batteries and complete cars will be built in their Sunderland, UK plant.
Pricing is expected to be released next month, with deliveries beginning later this year. Nissan has claimed some 58,000 pre-orders for the fully electric vehicle, with an anticipated range of 100 miles (under mixed driving conditions) and a recharge time of 4 to 8 hours. Quick charge stations are being planned, which will charge a car to 80% in about half an hour. Some U.S. homebuilders are now including an electric car option for new home construction; this will include a dedicated 220v outlet in the garage.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as Nissan announces pricing and final specifications.