It was the Nissan Carnival last year when the Nissan Leaf, a fully electric car, was introduced. But post the show, Nissan never made any promises of launching the model in India. However, a few reports now suggest that Nissan will be bringing this electric-run car in India by 2018, which would include its official revelation in the Auto Expo as well.
Having said that, it becomes indispensable to talk about the hurdles Nissan might face before launching this electric car in India. Indeed, Indian market has seen a potential growth in the hybrid cars segment, but it is yet to develop any particular liking towards the all-electric cars, owing to the fact that they are costly. And the Nissan Leaf might not be an exception. This certainly denotes that the new electric car might not end up being a major success in India, unlike the reputation it managed to earn on a global arena, charming around 2 lakhs 50 thousand buyers right from its inception.
Unlike other electric cars driven in India, Nissan Leaf does not have a traditional, orthodox car engine. Instead, it consists an electric motor which can churn out 107bhp power and a power source in the form of a 48-model li-ion battery. On a full charge of 8 hours, the car can be driven for 160-kms at a stretch. However, to maximise the distance it covers on a single charge, this car has been been stacked with a good technology in the form of a regenerative brakes that can convert the kinetic energy into electricity which recharges the battery as the brakes are applied.
The Leaf is definitely a new feature on the hat of Nissan, thanks to the ground-breaking technology. Presently, the Indian electric car segment is patrolled by e2O and e-Verito, both by Mahindra. If the Nissan Leaf does launch in India, it will be the third in this segment and can be expected to be priced a whooping INR 35 lakhs.