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Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price (Update)

November 20, 2012 by Yuri Kageyama Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price Enlarge Nissan Motor Co.’s latest LEAF electric car is displayed for media in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa) The upgraded Nissan Motor Co. Leaf electric car can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. Ads by Google Siemens Electric Vehicle – Quiet, clean and efficient, the mobility of the future. – usa.siemens.com/electromobility The changes in the revamped model, shown Tuesday at a Tokyo hotel, were based on feedback from owners whose chief worry was running out of electric juice while driving, Nissan officials said. Electric cars emit no pollution, but they need to be recharged. Owners have charging equipment installed at home. But the scarcity of recharging stations on the roads has limited electric vehicles use to short commutes and kept zero-emission cars confined to a market niche. The new model can travel 228 kilometers (142 miles) on a single charge, up from 200 kilometers (124 miles) as long as you don’t use air conditioning, because of improvements such as streamlining the battery system and the vehicle’s lighter weight, according to Nissan. Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car, lowers price Enlarge Nissan Motor Co.’s latest LEAF electric car is displayed for media in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa) It sells for less than 2.5 million yen ($31,000) in Japan when stripped of fancy options and adding government green subsidies—more affordable than the cheapest previous model at just below 3 million yen ($37,000).

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