The Nissan LEAF runs off a high response, 80 kilowatt AC synchronous motor with a conveniently chargeable battery. The Nissan LEAF's range has been estimated at 100 miles per charge, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's LA4, or city driving, cycle. The Nissan LEAF comes with a 240 volt home charging dock and a 120 volt portable charging cable. The home charging dock combined with the 6.6 kilowatt onboard charger will fully recharge the battery from empty in several hours. The portable, 120 volt charging cable will add about 5 to 10 miles of range per hour, great for short-term or emergency charging. In addition, the Nissan LEAF can come with an optional 50 kilowatt DC fast charger that recharges 80 percent of the full battery capacity in just half an hour.
The 5 door, 5 passenger Nissan LEAF will speed along up to 90 miles per hour. With the battery placed under the floor, the Nissan LEAF's trunk and interior space do not suffer, and it has a lower center of gravity and therefore better handling than most hatchbacks. The included Nissan Carwings system uses a GPRS radio to show the car's position, driving range, and distance from charging stations. It also keeps up distance and energy statistics. Cell phones can be used to turn on the car's climate control, pre-heat or pre-cool the car, and adjust its charging functions while the Nissan LEAF is powered down, thus saving the battery. Because slowly traveling electric vehicles make very little noise, the Nissan LEAF also offers digital alert sounds to warn pedestrians and the visually impaired when it is moving at low speeds.