This limo ride will sure be a quiet one. And probably a short one, too.

As we reported last month, Imperial Coach Builders of Springfield, MO has built what it calls the first 100-percent, all-electric limo out of a customized Nissan Leaf. The local TV news has a quick report on it, but now Imperial has posted a video (watch it below) that gives the curious an idea of what it's like to ride inside of it.

The three-minute video has no narration and is pretty much sound-free, which is appropriate given the stretch limo's near-silent powertrain. The company looks to appeal to the green set by saying the stretched EV is a way to cut pollution while being driven around in style. The limo is fairly typical on the inside, with a 2+2 facing sets set-up and a bunch of wood trim that may or may not be real.

Still no word on how far this heavier-than-usual Leaf can go on a single charge, but we're guessing that the 74 miles a conventional Leaf can go on a single charge will require a few juice-ups in the elongated version.



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      noevfud
      • 2 Years Ago
      This video is really old and was this not posted here a long time ago, Just hear the body creeks.
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was inevitable ! (only in America). But hey, this little 'limo', is obviously great fun, and very good publicity. I can see a market for such vehicles, especially at Hollywood premieres ! How about transporting 'green' delegates to conventions? 'Green' politicians ? Most limo's have very short mileage anyway, so 'range anxiety shouldn't be a problem. But for the same price, why not just buy a Tesla S? (Although I like the Leaf novelty factor)
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I've seen less and less limos in Hollywood over the past years. It seems that they're getting out of fashion everywhere (except Las Vegas).
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking kind of awkward as a limo, but why not. That said, I've seen less and less limos in Hollywood / SoCal, maybe the trend is fading? (Okay, Las Vegas is still limo capital).
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      With a car that long they could probably add a 2nd batter pack in order to provide decent range, but setting it up to draw power from and charge 2 packs would take some electrical engineering skill so I bet they went the cheap route which probably still provides 50 miles.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Actually it would be really easy. Put the second battery in parallel at the cell level and run 1 BMS system. From lower voltage sag, you'd also get better performance out of the car, especially in cold environments. And you may also no longer have the overheating problem ( the battery would generate half the waste heat it does now ).
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Dave: i'd like to see some evidence pointing to that. I do not have personal experience with the Leaf, but the Arizona battery degradation issue has got me thinking that internal resistance may not be so fantastic. The winter performance is another indicator of low internal resistance. The more IR headroom you have, the less of a hit you take in cold temperatures.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          You might be right, but it could mean more passengers in a day. With double the battery, you can charge at double the kilowatts, so charging time could be equal ( if you could get that much power pumped into your charge station ), and downtime would be half. But maybe it wouldn't make economic sense to invest in the faster charger and extra battery. But it's just an idea.
          Dave R
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          What overheating problem? The LEAF's battery has very low internal resistance - very little heat builds up under even aggressive use as confirmed by many LEAF owners at REFUEL who had the most reliable car there.
          Turbo Froggy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Why mess with the battery at all. There particular Leaf limo goes a fixed route to the airport that is like 7 miles away. L2 at the Hotel they can handle daily drives without issue. Also they have a large rollout of L3 Chademo in the area that could certainly be used for a top off if going further.