Nissan unveils ‘Leaf’ electric car

Via Grist:

Nissan unveiled Sunday its first all-electric car, the Leaf, vowing to open a new chapter for the troubled auto industry and take a lead over its bigger rivals in zero-emission vehicles.

Nissan plans to sell the car at a similar price to a comparable model with a petrol-powered engine. The battery, which will be stored under the seat and floor, will be leased separately.

"We need to invest a lot of money to build the car plants and the battery plants at a moment where all the auto companies are saving investments," said Ghosn. "But there is such a high potential that we [will] go ahead with it."