We reported earlier that Government of India is reading a heavy subsidy of Rs. 14,000 crore on electric and hybrid cars. The heavy industry has proposed a 35 per cent subsidy for full electric vehicles and 25 per cent for hybrid cars. This announcement seems a positive move to promote green vehicles in the country. If media reports are to be believed, Nissan is planning to launch its highly rated Leaf electric car for the Indian car market.
Nissan’s Chief Product Planner, Mr. Andy Palmer said that Nissan is actively looking at the Leaf launch for the Indian market. The company feels that electric cars are the future and there is lot of potential for Leaf car in India. Infrastructure and charging stations are the big challenges, and Nissan is ready to collaborate with local manufacturers.
Measuring 4.4 meter long, the Nissan Leaf is a five-seater all-electric hatchback. Under the hood, it has a lithium ion battery and features an electric motor that produces 107bhp of top power and 280Nm of peak torque. It is paired to a CVT automatic transmission and it can run up to 199km on full charge and hits a top speed of 144kmph, which is pretty impressive. The company is also planning to tie up with a local manufacturer for setting up charging infrastructure.