The Nissan Leaf (also formatted "LEAF" as a backronym for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car) is a five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan and introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010. The US Environmental Protection Agency official range is 117 kilometres (73 mi), with an energy consumption of 765 kilojoules per kilometre (34 kW·h/100 mi) and rated the Leaf's combined fuel economy at 99 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent (2.4 L/100 km). The Leaf has a range of 175 km (109 mi) on the New European Driving Cycle.
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Nissan V platform
Electric motor 80 kW (110 hp),
280 N·m (210 ft·lb) synchronous motor
Transmission Single speed direct drive
Battery 24 kW·h lithium ion
battery Range 117 km (73 mi) (EPA)
175 km (109 mi) (NEDC)
76 to 169 km (47 to 105 mi) (Nissan)
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 4,445 mm (175.0 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,550 mm (61.0 in)
Curb weight 1,521 kg (3,354 lb)
The Leaf's frontal style is characterized by a sharp V-shape design with large, up slanting light-emitting diode (LED) headlights that create a distinctive blue internal reflective design. The headlights also split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, which reduces wind noise and drag. The headlights consume 50% less electricity than halogen lamps.Nissan sought to make the Leaf appealing to mainstream drivers by giving it a familiar sedan- and hatchback-like design. The bottom of the car has aerodynamic paneling to reduce drag and improve aerodynamics as much as possible.
The Leaf has two charging receptacles: a standard SAE J1772-2009 connector for level 1 and 2 charging (120/220 volts AC) and a JARI high-voltage DC connector designed by TEPCO for DC fast charging (480 volts DC 125 amps) using the CHAdeMO protocol.