The Nissan Leaf (sometimes formatted as "LEAF": Leading, Environmentally Friendly, Affordable, Family Car) is an electric car announced by Nissan in 2009. It is expected to be marketed in North America, Europe, and Japan, beginning in late 2010 with an increase in production expected in 2012. The announced price in Japan starts at ¥3.76 million (approximately USD40,500) and USD32,780 in the United States, including the price of the battery package and both countries have applicable tax incentives.
Modern electric cars are neat alternatives for people who want to be environmentally responsible and don't mind keeping fairly close to home, but they do have one significant drawback: they're either gobsmackingly pricey two seat sportsters (Hello, Tesla Roadster!) or larger-than-normal golf carts made just beefy enough for 35 mph-and-under street duty. Not terribly appealing to the majority of American motorists, eh? Thankfully, Nissan has seen fit to create an EV that, aside from being powered … more