"We are very confident that Leaf will give a lower cost to ownership," Dominique was quoted as saying by just-auto.com at the automotive conference in Traverse City, Michigan. The hybrids have, in his opinion, good technologies behind them, yet they face bigger obstacles, especially on initial cost.
"We do believe that we're at this tipping point where if we bring in the right technology at the right price with the right execution... that we'll be able to convince people this is a great alternative," he added.
Nissan's Leaf can easily accommodate five adults and can run for 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge. The key to this intriguing operational range is the new regenerative braking system designed by the Japanese carmaker.
Recharging time for the Leaf has been long looked into, as Nissan says battery can be recharged to 80 percent of its capacity in just 30 minutes. A full recharge from a 200V home outlet, however, will take 8 hours.
Sales of the Leaf are expected to start in Japan, the US and Europe sometimes in 2010. Without the battery, the Leaf will be priced under 20,000 euros.