• Feb 18th 2011 at 1:49PM
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The City of St. Petersburg – Click above to watch video after the jump

Back in January, Nissan unveiled its fuel-saving transport ship: the 21,000-ton City of St. Petersburg. The ships semispherical prow apparently reduces wind resistance by nearly 50 percent compared to a conventional vessel. The reduced drag slashes fuel consumption by up to 800 tons and reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 2,500 tons.

In early February, the City of St. Petersburg, loaded with an undisclosed number of Nissan Leafs, left Japan and made its way to England. This batch of Leafs, the first major shipment sent to Europe since the vehicle's launch, will go on sale in the UK in March. The battery-powered hatch has a base price of £23,350 ($37,904 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in the UK after the government's £5,000 ($8,117 U.S.) plug-in vehicle rebate. Hop the jump to see the energy-saving City of St. Petersburg in action.

[Source: Nissan-Leaf]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to hazard a guess, and say another 19 LEAFs are onboard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      let's see the cars inside
      and if they wanted to make a real splash they could have equipped it with a lot of lights and have it play the 5 tones from close encounter of the 3rd kind instead : )

      of course the ufo tech image would be better served by an electric car without a lead acid starter battery in it. and lighter. and more aerodynamic. and faster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is fantastic news! Every bit of shipments puts Nissan closer to opening up further reservations for those that missed the first round (like me...by 1 day ). At the Drive Electric Tour, I got a rep to tell me that they may open up as early as next week and if they're shipping to the UK already and people are getting their March reservations confirmations, it sounds like production is moving along great.

      I'm hoping to win a Leaf so if you have time and would be kind enough to vote for me, I'd really appreciate it:


      If it makes you chuckle, please tell your friends to vote. I setup a site to make it easier to share:

      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a nice looking ship. I think water resistance has a bigger impact than air resistance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      in other news... paint was drying on my wall and it was very exciting too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ohhh, i love it when blogs (and people) write "slashing fuel consumption by 800 tons...." so what!! This doesn't say shit!! Is it 800 tons a day, week, month or year?? or maybe a lifetime?

      I drove my car to town and it saved me in fuel costs $600 and 200 Gallons, yeah, amazing isn't it! Says a lot, ey!
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