What is it? – According to many, the very future of motoring
Price – £23,990 (with £5000 Government grant)
Target Price – tbc
MPG – n/a
CO2 – 0g/km
On sale – Now
Ignore the Nissan Leaf's ordinary-looking bodywork – what lies beneath is anything but the norm. Say hello to the world's first mass-produced, all-electric passenger car.
It certainly won't be the last – after all, we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels eventually. So, whether electric cars are the final answer to the future of motoring, or merely an interim solution, they'll play a big part.
Here's the deal: underneath the Leaf's floor sits a lithium-ion battery pack, which you charge by plugging the car into any domestic mains socket. That power then drives the front wheels via a 108bhp electric motor.
On the road
Don't expect sluggish, milk-float performance, though. The electric motor makes its full 207lb ft of torque available from standstill, so it pulls hard the instant you hit the accelerator, and feels just as strong on the move. That makes it incredibly easy to drive.
The suspension is good, too. It makes light work of nasty bumps, but there's enough control to keep things tidy in bends. The position of the battery also gives the car a low centre of gravity, making it feel even more agile.
Refinement is another huge bonus. Apart from a faint whirr when you first pull away, you won't hear a peep from the motor. There's some wind- and road noise as speeds increase, but it's only noticeable because there's nothing else invading your eardrums.
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