Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has stated that it will be launching the Nissan Leaf in the Indian market. The Leaf was showcased in India in March 2015.
Although the global launch of the updated Nissan Leaf is still unknown, but it is expected that the Leaf will enter Indian market by 2018. Prior to the launch, the Nissan Leaf will also make its appearance in the Auto Expo too.
But the main concern for Nissan will be how the Indian customers will respond for an electric car. It is a known fact that we Indian's like hybrid vehicles.
This is the reason Maruti Suzuki is planning to add mild hybrid technology to more of its models. But a pure electric car is a totally different story.
Electric cars are expensive and the Nissan Leaf will be no different to that. Although the electric cars will get benefitted by FAME scheme the Nissan Leaf will cost around Rs 35 lakh if it is a completely built unit.
Globally Nissan has sold over 2,39,000 Leaf models. But in India, this electric car might be slotted among the luxury sedan for its price. And that's where Nissan's real problem begins.
Nissan cannot expect the Leaf to be a volume seller in India. The Leaf is the most successful electric car in the world and it will be a good development if it continues it in India.
Coming to the electric cars in India, well, it's a very short list in fact only two models. The Mahindra e2O and e-Verito. Nissan Leaf will be the third car to join the electric league in India. Leaf is powered by an electric motor producing 107bhp There is no conventional engine in the car.
The electric motor draws power from a 48-model lithium-ion battery which is placed in the cabin. It ha s a range of 160km and regenerative braking helps to extend this range. The battery gets fully charged in eight hours.
Nissan Leaf is a technological excellence of Nissan. It is a good move from Nissan that it will be bringing its successful electric car to Indian market.