… of one model. We’re still unsure why.
While Toyota is considered to be the company that made hybrid-electric vehicles a thing, Nissan is credited with bringing electric mobility to the masses. It was 2010 when we first laid eyes on the Leaf, a family hatch that had all the trimmings and trappings of a family car, just one without an internal combustion motor.
The Leaf was renewed to a second generation in September last year, sporting a 400km range on a single charge. The “reinvented” Leaf sported a myriad of new technology and innovations, which will eventually be proliferated across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Evidently, some 100,000 Leaf EVs have been sold in their home market of Japan since the model first came about. And to celebrate, the company has done what the French call, ‘décapiter.’ And gosh does it look odd.
Nissan is no stranger to EVs, and neither is it to weird convertibles. Some may recall the Murano CrossCabriolet, which was a god-awful thing and will likely have induced sick during that brief recollection of it. This Leaf Open Car, which sports no roof, enormous rear seats, no rear doors, and the same mechanicals as a regular Leaf, is much the same. Except mercifully, this is a one-off.
Under the skin lies an electric motor hooked up to 40kWh worth of batteries, capable of providing 110kW and 320Nm, along with a driving range of up to 400km on a single charge (according to Japanese testing standards). With that unchanged, this one-off concept car should be able to provide plenty of wind-in-the-hair antics.