World's first 100% electric car hits Phoenix

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by Automotive Editor

Video Report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 15 at 1:49 PM

PHOENIX -- Arizona is one of the first states to get the all-electric Nissan Leaf, which goes on sale later this month.

The Nissan Leaf, an electric car aimed at attracting environmentally conscious motorists, will get the equivalent of 99 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, based on government testing.
EPA's tests estimate the Leaf can travel 73 miles on a fully charged battery and will cost $561 a year in electricity.

On the green front, the Leaf, like other all-electric cars, has no engine oil, camshafts, valves, inlet manifolds, exhaust or pistons. And because an electric car produces no tailpipe emissions, there is no need for a catalytic converter, anti-pollution plumbing, expensive electronic NOx or carbon monoxide controls, or pricey injection systems. The cleanliness includes noise. Because there is no combustion, electric cars are extremely quiet, giving off barely a hum. There is also no exhaust.

The sticker price of the Leaf will be $32,780. The car will qualify for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Some states and communities are offering additional tax breaks that will lower the price further.

Ryan O'Donnell took a close look at the Leaf at the Drive Electric Tour in Tempe on Saturday and filed this video report.

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