Nissan Leaf … New system for 2013

Nissan LeafACDC owns a 2011 Leaf and it has become our daily driver. As ACDC moves into a new era of Electric Cars we have already studied and conducted classes on the new Nissan Leaf. For those of you that have been training with ACDC over the last 12 years you have heard me say many times “This is also your first class on EV cars”. Part of what I am good at is understanding the future of the automobile in America. In 1977 I opened a Honda Specialist repair shop that was decades ahead of its time. Honda had just a Civic and an Accord for sale but it was the future. In 1981 we computerized the shop with a Comadore CBM (before IBM and Apple) and it changed the way we did business. In 1999 I bought a Honda Insight (the 23rd hybrid sold in the USA). It changed everything. Now we have a Chevy VOLT as the new age of cars on us. The Volt is just as exciting as the Leaf and now our students at ACDC are getting electric car training along with the HEV classes. For “Up Your Voltage!” Graduates it looks like reviewing our 6 day class “Up Your Voltage!”. The important thing to keep in mind is you are already very close once you fully understand a hybrid vehicle. All you need to add to your training is the following:

  • Heating system training
  • 220/440 v charging station diagnosis
  • Li-ion battery systems understanding
  • On board HV charging system
  • Did I miss anything?

2013 LEAF Prices  from $29,000 to $35,000 (minus 7,500 for some)

Mechanical Specs

  • 80 kW AC synchronous electric motor100_1361
  • 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 3.3 kW onboard charger
  • Emissions – Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV)
  • Power-assisted vented front disc/rear disc brakes
  • “Coasting” regenerative brakes
  • 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Vehicle speed-sensitive power-assisted steering
  • Portable Trickle Charge Cable (120V/EVSE) 3
  • Tire repair kit
  • zero tailpipe emissions (depends on your source of electrical energy)
  • 100% electric – no gasoline required
  • high response synchronous AC motor 80kW
  • range: 60 to 100 miles per charge based on the drain on the driving battery.
  • speeds up to 90 mph
  • 5 passengers, 5 doors
  • Nissan Navigation System (will help you find a charging station on route)

The Nissan LEAF is delivered with a 120V Trickle charge cable that works with the onboard charging system. As the name implies this will be primarily used for opportunity charging and is not recommended to be your primary method of charging. For that a level II we charging dock which uses a 220/240V dedicated line in your home is the way to go.

The LEAF is selling well and has been trouble free so far. ACDC is working with a fleet of 75 LEAFS used as rental cars and although we still have questions about the battery packs lack of a cooling and heating system but it is hard to argue with “it works”.  More later as we watch this EV closely.

The Picture to the right is the 2013 system. More compact.


Style, Performance, Reliability: Why Nissan’s 99,999th LEAF Customer Went Electric

By Nissan North America

Published: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 – 2:45 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 19, 2014 –/PRNewswire/ — Amy Eichenberger of Charlottesville, Va., became the 99,999th global Nissan LEAF customer when she purchased her 100 percent electric vehicle (EV) at Colonial Nissan.

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Amy, a 47-year-old mother of two, wasn’t even in the market for a new car. Then she spotted aUniversity of Virginia colleague’s Nissan LEAF and decided she wanted to know more about the “modern-looking, futuristic and progressive” car.

“As an architect, the style first got my attention, and I loved the concept of zero emissions,” Amy said. Amy is a project manager overseeing major capital investments for the University of Virginiain Charlottesville.

Nissan LEAF was the first car Amy test drove, and she loved the zip it had. A Mercedes driver for 10 years, Amy describes herself as “picky.” Quality, safety, a “glide ride” and reliability were at the top of Amy’s auto shopping list criteria.

She said she had a few initial reservations—primarily around range—so she tested out some gasoline and diesel competitors as well. “I’d been told once I drove a Mercedes I’d never drive anything else again. I don’t need fancy, but I do appreciate the solid feel and craftsmanship of a luxury vehicle, and I get that in the LEAF,” Amy said.

“The general fuel economy out there is unimpressive and many of them felt tin-canny. I didn’t even want to look at anything in the 20 MPG range. I considered the VW Jetta TDI, Toyota Prius,Honda CRV and a couple of Subaru wagons, and I always came back to the Nissan LEAF. Everything else seemed stuck in the past,” Amy explained.

Amy ultimately chose a LEAF S in Glacier White. Her commute is about 10 miles to the university each day and most of her errand-running is around the city—well under the LEAF’s estimated range of 84 miles on a full charge.

“I have friends I like to visit in Richmond, which I can do in the LEAF with some planning, and in DC, which I’ll do in my son’s or boyfriend’s car. LEAF will meet my needs 98 percent of the time, and I didn’t want to let a little range anxiety prevent me from missing out on what I consider a much more progressive and forward-thinking vehicle than any of the alternatives.”

Chris Crowley, the dedicated EV salesperson for Colonial Nissan, sold Amy her LEAF. He explained that LEAF buyers are not typical walk-ins. “LEAF buyers generally come in well educated about the vehicle, looking for even more information and wanting to see how it feels and drives. We spend a lot of time talking about driving habits to make sure it meets their needs and reviewing how very much it’s like any other vehicle in its capabilities with the added benefit of no fuel bill. Folks like to be green, but you can talk to their pocket books as well,” Chris said.

Chris has been with Colonial Nissan for two years and has been the lead EV person for most of that time. He’s sold nine LEAFs total with three of those coming in the past three weeks. “LEAF sales have picked up because once we were selling to engineers who were fans of the car and knew exactly how it worked. Now we’re selling to a much broader audience, and I think we’ve benefitted from a few folks who resolved to be greener in the new year.”

Nissan LEAF launched in the United States in December 2010. The United States accounts for nearly half of the sales worldwide. The pace of LEAF sales has continued to accelerate. In 2013, Nissan sold 22,610 of the electric vehicles in the United States, more than twice as many as in 2012 and more than 2012 and 2011 Leaf sales combined.

Nissan LEAF traditionally has performed well on the West Coast with notable markets such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, but now interest has expanded across the country. New hot markets have emerged such as Atlanta, which has been the No. 1 LEAF market for the past five months.

“With LEAF, we see a high level of organic growth and viral sales where LEAF owners become our best evangelists and salespeople. With electric vehicles, many folks presume a 100 percent electric vehicle won’t meet their needs until they chat with a neighbor, co-worker or family friend who loves their LEAF and explain its practicality, and then it goes on their consideration list,” said Erik Gottfried, Nissan’s director of EV Sales and Marketing. “In fact, we’re seeing similar results with the geographic dispersion of sales. With sales high in Atlanta, we now see other Georgia markets such as Macon and Columbus picking up significant momentum, similar to Eugene, Ore., following on the success of Portland.”

Nissan LEAF is best-selling EV in history with 48 percent market share of the electric vehicle market globally. As of November 2013, Nissan LEAF drivers have completed an estimated 1 billion zero-emission kilometers, resulting in approximately 165 million kilograms of CO2 saved.

Nissan LEAF offers powerful acceleration, quiet operation, energy efficiency and low cost of maintenance. Nissan has extended the standard warranty for the battery-power holding capacity with its own additional warranty for customer satisfaction and assurance.

After leading the era of electrification in passenger vehicles with the LEAF, in 2014 Nissan will become the first to bring a mass-market all-electric light commercial vehicle to market. The e-NV200 will go on sale in Europe and Japan bringing the benefits of quiet, cost-efficient, zero-emissions mobility to businesses.

In June 2014, Nissan will participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the NISSAN ZEOD RC and aims to set a record for the fastest all-electric, zero-emissions lap of the circuit. Nissan is committed to using the EV platform to break new ground in both the commercial-vehicle and motorsports arenas.

About Nissan North America In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the Americas media and

About Nissan Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

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