TMR Team | Mar 27, 2012

Nissan's Leaf electric vehicle is set to hit Australian showrooms in June, arriving after a lengthy pilot program that saw a handful of the new cars tested in Victoria.

This week, Nissan's local arm has announced a partnership with Origin Energy, establishing the power provider as the company's preferred "Electro Mobility Operator".

The arrangement means that, where applicable, purchasing a Leaf will include the installment of Origin's charging equipment wherever the car is to be garaged.

"The Nissan Leaf has the potential to change the shape of urban and suburban motoring in Australia, and this agreement with Origin gives us a major strategic competitive advantage," Nissan Australia CEO Dan Thompson said.

"It is this shared awareness of and advocacy for cleaner forms of energy that makes the Nissan and Origin agreement such a fitting and promising one."

The news also follows the installation of three ChargePoint recharging stations at Nissan Australia's headquarters in Victoria, available to Nissan staff and participants in the Leaf's pilot programme.


About the Leaf

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The Leaf is powered by a 90kW and 280Nm electric motor, drawing energy from a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Maximum speed is around 140km/h.

There's a driving range of up to 170 kilometres, and a full battery charge will take around 8 hours. The Leaf will be able to regain up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes, however.

Nissan has confirmed that the Leaf will be priced at $50,100 in Australia, plus on-road costs.

If the Leaf's price feels iffy to you, consider that Australia is one of the few countries that does not benefit from a single government incentive in the purchase price or running costs of an electric vehicle.

While the Leaf's wider Australian market debut is still a couple of months away, TMR has already had a drive, and you can read about it right here.


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