Nissan Leaf EV: The Electric Model T

The Nissan Leaf EV graced the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show today. And while it didn't feature Carlos Ghosn's decapitated head, the mass-production electric vehicle is clearly more important.

View gallery »

The Leaf EV is the company's attempt to build and produce, on a large-scale, an electric car that can travel more than 100 miles on a charge and get the electric equivalent of 376 MPGe. After mostly missing the hybrid boat, Nissan has moved ahead on battery technology and plans to accept 20,000 reservations for the vehicle in the U.S. alone next year.

The world's first EV designed for large-scale volume production
• High-performance, zero-emission power train and platform take the "joy of driving" to another dimension.
• A design that evokes a clean and intelligent image and a body that achieves optimal aerodynamics and wind noise characteristics are packaged into this innovative and original five-passenger, five-door hatchback.
• Has a range of more than 160km (100 miles) on one full charge, which is sufficient for most daily needs.
• Features an advanced IT system that is specially designed for zero-emission mobility. Navigation screen supports the driver by displaying range autonomy areas and battery-charging spots with a touch of a button.