Nissan Leaf Open Car is one-off celebratory special roadster

by Jimi Beckwith, Autocar UK 25 May 2018


A Nissan Leaf roadster concept, called the Nissan Leaf Open Car, has been created by the brand’s engineers to celebrate the electric car reaching 100,000 sales in Japan since its introduction in 2010.

The roof is gone, as well as (less conspicuously) the rear doors, and there appears to be no folding-roof mechanism, making it a sunny day-only car. In addition, the Leaf Open Car adopts a four-seat layout instead of sitting five as it does in hatchback form, with a bizarre, large rear seat. 

At the front and rear, however, it’s business as usual, and there are no reported changes to the car’s powertrain - an AC synchronous electric motor fed by a 40kWh battery pack. 

In hatchback form, the Leaf provides 177 miles (284.85 km) of range on the WLTP testing standard, although due to aerodynamic drag this is likely to be diminished for the Leaf Open Car. All of the Leaf's regular features, including Propilot semi-autonomous driving and Propilot Park automatic parking, remain, however.

The car was revealed at a Tokyo forum attended by Nissan executives and government officials to discuss “zero-emissions society” as the car industry shifts to electric power. 

It comes the day after Honda’s Swindon plant revealed the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept - a two-seat truck based on the Civic Type R hot hatch. Honda has suggested that it may take the concept to the Nürburgring to claim the front-wheel-drive track lap record.

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