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DNA drive: Nissan Leaf is a safe, electrifying myth-buster

The Nissan Leaf is perhaps the first mass-produced family-sized pure electric car. Not only does it have enough interior and boot space to justify the tag of a family car, the Leaf — as the name suggests — is totally ‘green’ too, since it uses no fossil fuels at all.

Unlike a hybrid vehicle, Leaf does not use both an electric motor and a gas engine. The car is quiet to a fault and has elegant exteriors. But, the stumbling point might just be its pricing – that is, if Nissan does bring it to India.

The company is merely exploring that option as of now. It already sells the Leaf in North America, Japan and some European countries for a price tag of Y4 million (or about Rs28 lakh).

Another big question over Leaf’s India debut would be the absence of charging stations, even in big Indian towns and metros. Yet another sticky concern could be that the Leaf needs to be charged for as long as around eight hours to run comfortably for about 175 kilometres.


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