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Nissan Announces New Leaf Upgrades Launching in Late 2012

Posted By Charley Cameron On March 20, 2012 @ 1:12 pm In automotive,Green Products,Green Transportation,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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Nissan is on track to double sales of the Leaf [1] for 2012 and with this success, the company has announced plans [2] to launch an upgraded version of the electric vehicle at the end of the year. Available starting late 2012, the upgrade will include a “much, much more efficient” heating system for winter months. This will allow drivers to see another “20 to 25 miles of improvements”  in cold weather over the car’s current EPA-rated range [3] of 73 miles per charge. One of the updates will be less environmentally-friendly though as Nissan will also offer the option of a dark leather interior to 2013 purchasers of the Leaf.

nissan leaf, miles per charge, electric vehicle, nissan leaf upgrade, leather interior, recycled materials, car heating, ev efficiency [4]

Nissan America’s director of product and advanced planning, Mark Perry, told the Detroit News [2] that the Leaf’s developers had leaned towards “green, recycled materials [5],” for the interior of the eco-friendly electric car. But apparently “Nissan’s customers told them otherwise, saying that they want leather [6].” It would appear that while customers can be motivated to buy a zero-emissions electric car, when shelling out the somewhat luxury price of $35,200 [7] (before tax credits), many expect the traditional trappings of a luxury vehicle, leather interior included. Sales of the Chevrolet Volt would seem to further support this, and GM spokesman Rob Peterson [8] told the Detroit News that about three-quarters of Volt models sold or leased have leather.

+ Nissan Leaf [9]

Via The Detroit News [2]

Images by Autoviva.com [10], Tom Raftery [11], MSVG [12] and kosabe [13] on Flickr

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[1] Leaf: http://inhabitat.com/nissan-leaf-named-japan-car-of-the-year-at-tokyo-motor-show/

[2] announced plans: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120320/AUTO01/203200342/Nissan-debut-improved-Leaf-December?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

[3] range: http://www.fastcompany.com/1704873/epa-nissan-leaf-is-tops-in-fuel-efficiency-gets-99-mpg-equivalent

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/nissan-announces-new-leaf-upgrades-launching-in-late-2012/nissan-leaf-to-introduce-upgraded-model-for-2013-2/

[5] recycled materials: http://inhabitat.com/volkswagens-think-blue-beetle-recycles-2805-pieces-of-scrap-into-intricate-art-work/

[6] leather: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-carseat-laptop-bag-by-begoodesigns/

[7] $35,200: http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/estimator/index#/leaf-electric-car/estimator/index

[8] Rob Peterson: http://inhabitat.com/inhabitat-exclusive-chevy-talks-volt-production-shutdown-reveals-high-customer-satisfaction/

[9] + Nissan Leaf: http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index#/leaf-electric-car/index

[10] Autoviva.com: http://www.flickr.com/photos/autovivacom/

[11] Tom Raftery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/traftery/

[12] MSVG: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msvg/

[13] kosabe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kosabe/

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