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Very little has been mentioned thus far regarding the curb weight of the Nissan Leaf. Our initial shot at the vehicle's poundage came way back last year when we estimated, from information provided by Nissan, that the Leaf would be somewhere around 3,000 pounds. Now, the more we know about the Leaf, the more inaccurate that early estimate appears to be. So... here's our new shot at getting it right, but this time we've got a little bit of help from the gents over at HybridCars and a lot more working knowledge of the Leaf to go on. According to HybridCars, which cites an undisclosed Nissan representative, the Leaf will tip the scales right around 3,500 pounds. Coincidentally, that's also the approximate weight of the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Volt.
Here's why we think that 3,500 pounds is at least close, if not spot on. The Leaf is built on a lengthened Versa platform. The Versa tips the scale between 2,500 and 2,800 pounds, give or take. The Leaf's battery pack weighs 660 pounds. The gasoline engine removed from the Versa is replaced by inverters, additional cabling, an electric motor and extra equipment found on the Leaf, but absent on the base Versa. All of these extras found in the Leaf should make up for the mass of the displaced Versa powerplant, leaving just the weight of the battery and lengthened platform to account for. So, starting with a 2,800-pound Versa, add 660 pounds of battery and the weight associated with lengthening it, and you've got your 3,500-pound Leaf. As always though, we'd like to hear what you think, so let us know if we're spot on or dead wrong?
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