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PHOTO CAPTION: Information display on prototype Nissan Leaf electric car.

Nissan's Electric Leaf: Also Charged with Information

Nissan Leaf's information system is designed to make drivers comfortable that they can get where they want to go.

Published: 15-Dec-2009

When the all-electric Nissan Leaf hits the U.S. market next year, consumers will have to consider its relatively short 100-mile driving range, as well as the scarcity of charging stations beyond their own homes. Nissan plans to tackle these concerns by providing information--and lots of it--to help drivers manage the recharging process.

The success of the Leaf and other electric cars "is going to come down to how comfortable people are that they can get where they want to go, won't run out of charge, and won't have to go through some process that will take them a long time and impact their ability to use the vehicle," says Rod MacKenzie, vice president and chief technology officer at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, a research think-tank in Washington, DC.

In other words, all-electric cars will need to connect the recharging infrastructure to in-car telematics.

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