The Nissan Leaf's cold weather package consists of a temperature management system for the vehicle's lithium-ion battery pack, heated front and rear seats, steering wheel, outside mirrors and an HVAC duct to rear seating area. We know this because it was listed on Nissan's "Feature and Specs" back when the Leaf initially launched. However, that package, which is specifically designed for frigid climates, has not been available on U.S.-bound Leafs. Thankfully, this will soon change. Maybe.
Nissan has finally delivered fourteen of its Leafs to England's Switch EV project. The trial, which began back in September of 2010, gives drivers first-hand experience in electric vehicles. Selected participants essentially own one of the Switch EV vehicles for six months and are asked to report on their encounters on a regular basis. Mick English, one of the first EV trail drivers to take delivery of the Leaf, has enthusiastically blogged his first impressions of the electric hatch:
Nissan has restarted production at its Oppama, Japan plant. For the first time since the tremendous quake rattled Japan on March 11th, the lines at the Oppama facility are rolling and Nissan Leafs are trickling out of the plant's doors. As the sole production site for the Leaf – at least until Nissan's plants in Smyrna, TN and Sunderland, UK come online in 2012 – the Oppama facility has handled assembly of all of the 5,000-plus Leafs made so far.
Been meaning to get behind the wheel of an electric car? You can do just that at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which now offers the Nissan Leaf for daily and weekly rentals at its Santa Monica, CA site. Located at 1702 Santa Monica Blvd and equipped with a ClipperCreek charging station, this particular Enterprise rental location is ready to assist in fulfilling your dreams of driving a battery-powered vehicle.
Late last year, Nissan unveiled its "Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians" (VSP), a technical name for the noise-adding system found on the automaker's Leaf electric vehicle. Introduction of a pedestrian warning system on near-silent vehicles like the Leaf has been the subject of much debate, but with the U.S. House and Senate passing a measure that requires hybrids and plug-in vehicles to emit an audible sound to warn pedestrians, these noise-making setups will soon become standard on all
Last Thursday, we reported that the UK price of the Nissan Leaf will rise by 6.9 percent starting March 1st. That increase equates to an increase of £2,000 ($3,238 U.S. at the current exchange rate), driving the Leaf's MSRP way up to $50,310 before incentives. Initially, Nissan attributed the bulk of the Leaf's price hike to rising costs of raw materials, but there appears to be more to the story. The automaker now admits that depreciation of the pound is driving some of the Leaf's steep p
Beginning March 1st, the price of the Nissan Leaf in the UK will rise by 6.9 percent, which equates to an increase of £2,000 ($3,238 U.S. at the current exchange rate), driving the Leaf's sticker price up to approximately $50,310 before incentives. According to Nissan, the price increase is mainly due to rising costs of raw materials, which somehow impacts the Leaf's sticker price more than the automaker's other models.