Nissan announced their decision to make the all electric LEAF model South Africa`s first EV starting with 2014. The Nissan LEAF will make its debut this year during the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October.
The manufacturer saw the opportunity of developing South Africa`s EV industry. They have already involved in a number of pilot programs together with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) as well as their national electricity supplier (Eksom).
The auto features a more effective heating system which will allow the LEAF to extend its range in cold weather conditions by 20 to 25 mi (32 to 40 Km). The car maker estimates that the car will be able to go as far as 135 Km (84 mi) when fully charged in the Long Distance Mode charging while only going up to 106 Km (66 mi) for a 80% charge in the same Long Distance Mode. According to Consumer Reports, the operating costs will raise to 3.5 cents per mile.v
Nissan Leaf comes with zero emissions, the possibility of having a home charge convenience and a smooth and silent operation as main benefits. Regarding the changes made to the 2014 model, they seem to be quite modest after releasing the 2013 revised model only month ago. The back up camera system and the rearview monitor will come as standard on all grades, S, SV and SL. The updated EV-IT system (a technology system dedicated to electric vehicles), featuring SMS readout function and voice destination function will also show as a standard.
Mike Whitfield, managing director of Nissan South Africa declared that launching the auto in that area will be a major event, as it represents the first step in exploring the EV market in South Africa.
M. Whitfield: `after initially announcing that the Nissan LEAF would grace South African roads at the 2011 Johannesburg International Motor Show, we are now even more excited to be able to bring full EV mobility to the South African public with a holistic approach.`
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