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Friday 20 October 2017

First look at new electric car at Wexford car dealer

ONE of a new generation of electric cars – one of only two in Ireland – was on show at Nissan dealer Wexford Car Centre at the weekend.

Powered by compact lithium-ion batteries for fast-charging and a range of approximately 160 kilometres, the Nissan LEAF is intelligently designed five-seater family car with regenerative braking, ultra-smooth aerodynamics and even lowenergy headlights.

The LEAF on show in Wexford will go on sale in February.

The LEAF has the performance of a 1.6litre petrol-engine and can be recharged to 80 per cent battery capacity in around 25 minutes from a fast charging point

Innovative smart phone connectivity will allow an owner to control many elements of the LEAF's functions remotely – including tell the car when to re-charge, or to heat or cool the interior of the car before starting a journey.

Power comes from the 80 kw AC motor which develops 280 Nm of torque, enough for a maximum speed of more than 140 km/h.

The electric motor is 'fuelled' by a laminated lithium-ion battery with a power output of more than 90 kw. The 48 module battery is mounted under the seats and floor, ensuring a low centre of gravity for near roll-free cornering.

The LEAF will cost €35,000 ex-works.

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