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OEM Report: Automotive

A new Leaf

By John Loos

April 2010- "Leaf" might not be as ubiquitous as "Prius" just yet, but it could well be the future of earth-friendly automobiles.

Billed as the world's first affordable, zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan Leaf from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Franklin, Tenn., is the company's flagship in the world of eco-conscious driving.

The Leaf features a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, it can seat five adults, it has a driving range of more than 100 miles and it's set to launch in late 2010 in Japan, Europe and the United States.

"Nissan Leaf is a tremendous accomplishment, one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride," said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, in a press release. "We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality--the unveiling of a real-word car that has zero--not simply reduced--emissions. It's the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey--for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry."

Smart design
Several major features define the Leaf, including a zero-emission power train and platform, as well as an advanced intelligent transportation system. Its laminated, compact lithium-ion batteries generate more than 90 kW of power, and its electric motor creates 80kW/280Nm.

According to a report from Popular Mechanics, the stamped steel chassis features a crossmember to support the motor, and the batteries are mounted beneath the floorboard, stiffening the car's body and maximizing interior space.

The intelligent transportation system will also be able to communicate with a driver's cell phone via e-mail to help manage the charging system and air conditioning unit, even when the vehicle isn't running.

Along with this, the Leaf's navigation system will feature a "reachable area" graphic that notifies drivers how far they can travel based on current battery charge levels.

"The IT system is a critical advantage," said Tooru Abe, chief product specialist, in a press release. "We wanted this vehicle to be a partner for the driver and an enhancement for the passengers. We also wanted this vehicle to help create a zero-emission community, and these IT features will help make that possible."

Leader of the pack
The Leaf is Nissan's first car in its upcoming line of emission vehicles, and it can be charged up to 80 percent in roughly 30 minutes with a quick charger. A full charge on a 200-V outlet is expected to take around eight hours.

"Our car had to be the world's first medium-size, practical EV that motorists could afford and would want to use every day," said Masato Inoue, product chief designer, in a press release. "And that's what we've created. The styling will be identify not only Nissan Leaf but also the owner as a participant in the new era of zero-emission mobility." FFJ

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AIR FILTRATION

IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
Camfil APC - Replacement Filters

LASER TECHNOLOGY

PLASMA TECHNOLOGY

Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

BENDING/FOLDING

Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SigmaTEK Systems LLC

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. Striker Systems
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc.

STAMPING/PRESSES

COIL PROCESSING

MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

AIDA-America Corp.
Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling

STEEL

Burghardt + Schmidt Group Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc. Rolleri USA Alliance Steel
Butech Bliss UFP Industrial

PRESS BRAKES

TUBE & PIPE

Red Bud Industries

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

AMADA AMERICA, INC. BLM Group
Tishken Advanced Gauging Technologies Automec Inc. Prudential Stainless & Alloys

CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

MC Machinery Systems Inc.

WATERJET

Mayfran International Cincinnati Inc. SafanDarley Barton International

DEBURRING/FINISHING

LVD Strippit

PUNCHING

Flow International Corporation
ATI Industrial Automation Scotchman Industries Inc. Hougen Manufacturing Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
Lissmac Corp. Trilogy Machinery Inc.

SAWING

WELDING

Osborn

METAL FORMING

Behringer Saws Inc. American Weldquip
SuperMax Tools FAGOR Arrasate USA Inc. Cosen Saws Strong Hand Tools
Timesavers MetalForming Inc. DoALL Sawing T. J. Snow Company

HYDRAULIC PRESSES

MICROFINISHING TOOLS

HE&M Saw

 

Beckwood Press Co. Titan Tool Supply Inc. Savage Saws

 

Triform

 

 

 


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