The tour, intended to promote the Leaf EV and its advantages, will include test-rides and workshops in the city. In Saitama, the tour is being set up with the help of NPO and through the E-KIZUNA Project. This second stop will be followed by more across Japan in the months to come.
The Leaf model heavily promoted by Nissan this past year is capable of transporting five adults. It can run for 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge, thanks to the laminated compact lithium-ion batteries that manage to develop 90 kW. The electric motors produce an additional 80 kW/280 Nm of torque.
Recharging the battery to 80 percent of its capacity can take as little as just 30 minutes thanks to a new charging system developed by Nissan. It will however still take 8 hours to bring the battery to full capacity from a 200V home outlet.
The model, which will be launched starting this December, will feel at home in some 60 countries or cities, places where the Renault-Nissan alliance has set up partnerships to promote EV motoring. Their endeavors seem to have payed off, as Nissan announced last month that the production capacity for 2010 is capped.