Tokyo, Aug.27 (ANI): Nissan Leaf is the first mainstream all-electric vehicle by a Japanese car manufacturer.
The company, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., introduced it in Japan and the United States in December 2010.
Now, it is the best-selling electric car in the global car market.
Nissan Leaf, a zero-emission car, produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation.
It reduces dependence on petroleum, too.
The car is powered by laminated compact lithium-ion batteries, which generate power output of over 90kW, while its electric motor delivers 80 kW/ 280Nm.
The battery can be charged up to 80 per cent of its full capacity in just 30 minutes. The charging costs less than 300 Yen.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., said: "The first priority is sell more and more Leaf, making sure that the electric cars are no anymore a niche project. It's a segment of the market which is extremely important and that people likes. That's our first priority."
Nissan manufactured the first electric vehicle - Tama Electric Vehicle - way back in 1947.
The company also introduced the world's first application of Lithium-ion batteries in 1996, followed by ultra compact electric vehicle - Hypermini - in 2000.
Nissam introduced its first hybrid vehicle - Tino Hybrid - in 1999 in Japan, and the Altima Hybrid was introduced in North America in 2006 by using licensed technology.
With the start of global mass production of the Leaf in 2012, its global sales reached 50,000 units by February 2013.
Ghosn further said: "Obviously, we will be helped by the governments, because they are interested to see this technology development. And we need to help ourselves by particularly all efforts to reduce the cost continuously. Because every time we see the price going down, every time we're adjusting the price down, because of our cost reductions, because of our localizations, we see positive reactions from the market. Price of the car is not all the problems we're facing, all the challenges, infrastructure is another one. But what is important is, we have the solutions for both. We are moving to the right directions for both. When you want to innovate, you want to be resilient. You see an obstacle, which doesn't stop you on the contrary. Motivate you to go further, to solve the problem, and to continue to persuade it."
Globally, railway has become an essential mode of transportation, especially in the cities.
In Japan's Aichi Prefecture, Aichi Rapid Transport Company operates the wheel-less train - Linimo.
It is a mag-lev train that floats and moves 8mm above the railroad track - providing a comfortable, noiseless and eco-friendly ride.
The train has attracted the attention of the world for being the next-generation transportation system.
Kyosan Electric Mfg. Co. Ltd provides this technology for safe and secure traveling.
Norihiro Ishii, Director, Kyosan Electric Mfg. Co. Ltd., " I am expecting that floating trains, which are futuristic as of now, would soon be a global reality. It is possible, if this system evolves and becomes common."
In countries like India where local train services are expanding rapidly, the Japanese technology can help in providing safe and secure rides.
In major cities like Delhi and Mumbai, there are plans to introduce magnetic levitation wheel-less trains.
This will help reduce noise pollution and provide commuters an eco-friendly ride. (ANI)