Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

LEAF Trial Begins to Bloom

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

LEAF Trial Begins to Bloom

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NISSAN Australia has signed a definitive agreement with the Victorian Government for the supply of 16 new Nissan LEAF electric vehicles.

The Nissan LEAF EVs will form part of the government's five-year trial for zero emission vehicles which will explore how electric vehicle technologies will perform an evolutionary step and provide a broader product portfolio (along with advanced petrol and diesel power).

The Nissan LEAF which goes on sale in world markets before the end of 2010 is a zero-emission battery-only medium-size hatch.

Powered by Lithium-Ion batteries, the LEAF will have a fully charged range up to 160km Co perfect for zero emission city commuting and suburban use.

The Nissan LEAF is expected on sale in Australia by 2012.

The Victorian trials seek a range of participants to build a comprehensive electric vehicle system environment, replicating real-world conditions as closely as possible.

Other participants in the trial are likely to include:

households with a strong interest in operating electric vehicles

private and government fleets

recharge infrastructure providers

electricity suppliers, distributors and retailers, and technology providers to assist in data collection and the interface between these various participants.

Private households are being invited to take part in the electric vehicle trial through an online ballot being conducted by the RACV.

The Victorian Government says the five-year trial will help Victoria better understand the process, timelines and barriers for transitioning to electric vehicle technologies. The trials will collect real-world information on the use of electric vehicles in Victorian conditions, including information on:

the market for electric vehicles, both initially and as it matures;

impacts of the use of electric vehicles on driver behaviour, recharging, vehicle performance and efficiency; and

the potential implications of electric vehicles for electricity consumption, management of electricity demand, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutant emissions. …

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