The Nissan LEAF proves sharp in wintry exam drives in northern Japan

Posted on 20. Jan, 2012 by in Nissan Canada


, Shibetsu, Hokkaido

The Nissan LEAF proves sharp in wintry exam drives in northern Japan

Auto reporters put a all-electric Nissan LEAF by a paces on 3 powdery exam courses in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, this week, in a frozen temperatures of northern Japan.

Some 230 meters above sea level, media collected to consider a LEAF’s pushing opening and doing in impassioned continue conditions, topping any concerns that wintry continue could drastically revoke battery performance.

Chief Vehicle Engineer Hidetoshi Kadota pronounced that notwithstanding a reading of reduction 9 degrees Celsius (15.8 degrees Fahrenheit) outside, a LEAF battery stayed between 5 and 10 degrees Celsius (41 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit).

In a some-more impassioned cold of Canada and Norway, a battery-warming complement can keep a LEAF primed to assign during normal capacity, a same as outward temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Kadota has common appetite and range-saving tips with Hokkaido’s 350 LEAF owners, advising that pre-warming a EV cabin for a expostulate creates for good appetite management.

But for a over 60 reporters holding partial in a cold-weather LEAF tests, it was all about performance.

“I feel that a LEAF has been grown well, and incorporating a merits of a EV have done a car’s characteristics some-more inexhaustible to drivers. For example, when a motorist stairs on a accelerator pedal or corners, a LEAF is expressing a pliability singular to a EV,” pronounced Yasuo Kusakabe, authority of a Automobile Journalists Association of Japan.

Some of a LEAF’s singular advantages in winter conditions, says Kusakabe, embody Vehicle Dynamic Control, that monitors motorist submit and automobile function.

And a LEAF’s offset weight placement — due to a centrally-positioned battery and a light front-forward engine compared with required gas-powered cars — also helps, says Nissan Technical Meister Hiroyoshi Kato.

“The footwork of a LEAF is well-spoken and nimble since a complicated components, such as batteries, are mounted underneath a floor, and a core of sobriety is low and in a middle. Such automobile suit is emphasized on snow. As we might have seen, a automobile can simply trip or deposit on sleet or ice,” pronounced Kato. “As for a LEAF, a changing opinion of a automobile — a start of slipping, etc. — is really well-spoken and easy to control compared to required FR (front engine/rear drive) or FF (front engine/front drive) vehicles. we trust those might be some of a certain surprises for participants.”

Such facilities valid pivotal on a sleazy slopes of nation roads and a discerning turns of a pylon slalom.

Journalist and racecar motorist Takayuki Kinoshita says LEAF valid it’s a one for a road.

“I consider EVs, like a LEAF, will enhance in a future. If EVs can usually be serviceable in certain singular conditions, they will not grow. But we was rarely tender by a pivotal summary here, that a LEAF can expostulate routinely in prohibited or cold continue via a world.”

Whether it’s a snowy slopes of Shibetsu or a prohibited highways of Honolulu, some-more than 22,000 LEAFs are now creation marks on tellurian roads. And while temperatures might be extreme, a LEAF proves that it can keep a cool.

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