Nissan is a Japanese automobile manufacturing company that began building cars in 1933. Today, Nissan is known for reliable family cars, durable trucks and some of the most exciting sports cars ever made. In 2011, Nissan introduced the Leaf, a fully electric compact hatchback. For many home mechanics, all-electric cars are difficult to service, but with a Nissan Leaf repair manual that describes and explains the vehicles systems, it is actually a simple car to work on.
The Nissan Leaf has become the all-time best selling all-electric and highway legal car in the world. It is rated as having a 150+ mile range on a full charge and can be charged from empty to full in as little as four hours using Nissan’s fast charging system. Battery packs are warranted for 10 years, and Nissan has said that an average of five batteries per year have been replaced due to rapid decline in output. Most buyers will charge the Leaf at home using a dedicated charging cable. Nissan says that charging takes about one hour for each five miles of range using this system.
Reviewers claim the cost of keeping a Leaf charged is significantly lower than that of hybrid or petrol-powered competitor, but caution a higher initial cost may take longer to recoup. Current Leaf models are listed with an MSRP starting at $30,000. Top of the line Leaf cars sell for less than $40,000.
Technology that built the Leaf is planned to be used in many Nissan and Infiniti models, and Nissan is investigating the use of Leaf technology in it’s motorsport racing program. A test vehicle, called the Leaf NISMO, that uses the same battery and motor as the production car accelerates from 0-60 in 8.3 seconds and has a range of about 20 minutes.
The Nissan Leaf has reinvigorated interest in electric vehicles that was decimated by the invention of the internal combustion, gasoline powered engine in the late 1800s. Tomorrow’s vehicles will undoubtably utilize electric, hybrid and other non-petrol fuel sources, and the popularity of the Nissan Leaf demonstrates the viability of the technology. Nissan is heavily invested in alternative fuel systems and is exploring hydrogen fuel cell power and extended range electric vehicles for the future.
Owners of the groundbreaking Nissan Leaf may feel overwhelmed when thinking about servicing their car due to the seemingly exotic electrical power, but a Nissan Leaf service manual perfectly explains each subsystem and describes how and when to service safely.