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Nissan Leaf and 'Revenge of the Electric Car'


The Nissan LEAF Zero Emmission Tour kicked off at Pier 59 Studios West in Santa Monica on Friday night with a launch party which featured the 100% electric car on display.

Is the electric vehicle for real this time?

Nissan is betting it is. And so is "Who Killed the Electric Car?" director Chris Paine.

The Nissan LEAF Zero Emmission Tour kicked off at Pier 59 Studios West in Santa Monica on Friday night with a launch party which featured the 100% electric car on display. The camera was rolling for Paine's follow-up to his Sony Pictures Classics documentary on the destruction of the General Motors EV1 in the 1990s.

The title of the film will be "Revenge of the Electric Car" and camera operator Steve Payne took a moment from shooting to sit down and talk about the project.

"I think because we have a change in the administration, these guys seem a little bit greener. Probably not as green as they should be, but it's better than what it was," said Payne. "I'm happy to see the car companies doing electric stuff without having their arms twisted so far. They can see there is a market there."

In fact in a shocking reversal, General Motors participated in the making of the film. Not only did GM throw a launch party for the Chevrolet Volt -- its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle -- at Paine's Marrakesh House in the Hollywood Hills, but Paine ended up interviewing GM Chairman Edward Whitacre, Jr.

The actual first showing for the Nissan LEAF North American tour took place at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon, which included members of the media and EV enthusiasts who participated in a panel discussion and test drove a prototype.

After Los Angeles, the LEAF will head to San Diego, San Francisco and then make its way across the country with stops in major cities along the way, including the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Both the Volt and the LEAF will start rolling out in late 2010 with the price tag rumored to be around $30,000 for the LEAF and near $40,000 for the Volt, minus a $7,500 Federal tax credit and any state tax credits.

The first two years of the LEAF's production will take place in Japan before moving in 2012 to a vehicle and lithium ion battery manufacturing facility based in Smyrna, Tennessee.

"Part of the whole challenge we think on EVs is having a dialogue with people because there is so much information you have to transfer," said Tim Gallagher, Nissan North America's West Coast rep. "The best way to do that is really from a grassroots standpoint." 

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By Tom Lewis on November 17, 2009 at 09:33 am

Nice piece, please keep them coming.

The electric car as it is being deployed has lots of problems, with respect to sustainability. Replacing petroleum with coal (what we burn to get our electricity) as a fuel is not exactly a great leap forward. Get off the grid and develop a practical solar recharger, and you're getting somewhere.


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By Theresa H Hall on November 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

So ... if there is a power outage how long will the electric car run?  I tried to figure this out, but never having owned one or seen one, I have not the foggiest idea.


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By Credo on September 14, 2013 at 01:52 pm

Solar generators that are self contained energy sources will be the next innovative wave. Generators such as this will create free energy, a more stable ecology, cleaner and efficient independent power source.

Thought provoking article..


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By riginal on September 15, 2013 at 07:34 am

Wind power harnessed to Congress has been discussed. A politician's megabot output has been measured to be that of one dozen crickets' rubbing their back legs together...furiously! However this experiment when reversed had to be cancelled. The pollies were rubbing through to their underwear,producing toxic gas.Meanwhile the head cricket seconded to Congress started making sense. He was crushed before an idea stirred the imagination. Serious...why does China regarded as THE world's latest and greatest have so little input in smog dispensation? Would/could the sun pierce the gloom and power solar powered generated anything? Still reckon as far as car propulsion/clean, goes, hydrogen and such sound great but for the problems such as burst proof tanks and fuel purity to name a couple. But if harnessed properly what a boon. Electricity is good too but try telling that to the petro panthions squeezing the guts out of a weary planet. I bet if an inventor/scientist came up with a relatively simple propulsion with no harmful effects they would disappear...accidently of course. Still, we live in in dispair, from one gas station to yon other. Unless of course you're a proponent of shank's pony.Cheers. If set up right a car can be powered by pig manure. It's lifting the pig up to the filler seems to be the main backbreaker? There's always a curly downside isn't there?

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By riginal on September 15, 2013 at 07:43 am

ps: Cars using hydrogen are around i meant to mention. Ahh well, have to pen the pig,or at least ask for my pen back.

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By Johnny Man on March 25, 2015 at 05:46 am

I go with Tesla any day! livejournal

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