If you want to see a bunch more pictures of the Nissan Leaf, go to Paultan.org
Update: November 14, 2009
Prototype versions of the Leaf were shown in Los Angeles yesterday, and some journalists were allowed to drive “mule” versions of the Leaf. The event was to kick off a 22 city national tour for the Leaf. Since Nissan is still not letting journalists drive the actual Leaf, the test drives were taken in cars using the Leaf drivetrain and engine. Jim Motavalli, the author of Forward Drive: The Race to Build Clean Cars for the Future, and writer for the New York Times, states that his driving experience with two Leaf “mules” six months apart shows a much improved driving experience with the latest version of the Leaf drivetrain. Nissan is expected to start taking reservations for the Leaf in the Spring of 2010. Pricing still hasn’t been formally discussed, but Nissan is still talking about customers leasing the battery packs instead of buying them upfront. Some signs are pointing to a Leaf without the battery costing about $25,000. Nissan is also actively involved in setting up partnerships to create the needed charging infrastructure with outfits such as the Better Place Project, which is setting up a network of quick charting stations in Isreal and Hawaii. Carlos Ghosn, the president and CEO of Nissan, also announced it’s 33rd partnership. This one is with Reliant Energy, a subsidiary of Texas based NRG Energy.