After planning to launch the iconic Nissan GTR in the Indian market, Japanese car maker Nissan has now hinted towards launching the Leaf Electric Car in India. The news comes just days away before the announcement of the 2014 Union Budget by the newly formed Government. According to reports, the Ministry of Heavy Industry has just recommended a 35 % subsidy for full electric vehicles and a 25 % subsidy for plug-in hybrids.
Due to the above subsidies, Nissan’s Chief Product Planner Mr. Andy Palmer has considered the launch of the Leaf electric car in the Indian market. Mr. Palmer said, “We are actively looking at the Leaf for India. I think there is a lot of potential for that car here. There is no doubt electric cars are the future. The product is there what we need is infrastructure. Charging is a big challenge. We are open to collaboration with local manufacturers on that.”
Nissan has recently refreshed the Leaf, which is a 4.4 meter long, five seat electric hatchback. Powering the electric car is an array of lithium ion batteries and an electric motor that outputs 107 Bhp-280 Nm. The Leaf comes with a CVT automatic transmission for instant torque delivery to the wheels. The electric car can do 199 kilometers on a full charge before running out of juice and is capable of reaching a top whack of 144 kmph. The car dismisses the 0-100 kmph mark in 11.5 seconds. As said above my Mr. Palmer, the company is considering a tie up with a local manufacturer for setting up charging infrastructure. Mahindra Reva will likely join hands since it has the only electric car which is on sale in India.
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