Feeds

Leaf battery rental scheme unveiled

Buy the e-car, rent its battery

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Leccy Tech The Leaf e-car’s purchase price could be similar to that of a similar size petrol car, maker Nissan has promised, thanks in-part to an innovative battery rental scheme.

Leaf_01

Nissan wants you to buy the Leaf, but then rent its battery

Under the terms of the deal, customers will buy the Leaf outright and then lease the battery for a fixed monthly fee.

The battery rental price will include the cost of the electricity used, Nissan promised.

Nissan plans to start selling the Leaf from late 2010, but hasn’t yet been brave enough to release a firm combined price for the e-car and battery rental scheme.

In related news, Nissan has joined forces with the Sumitomo Corporation trading company to create a "Reuse, Resell, Refabricate and Recycle" business for used e-car lithium-ion batteries.

It’s generally accepted that, after 10 years of average use, e-car battery packs will only be capable of holding between 70 and 80 per cent of their original charge.

The Nissan and Sumitomo co-business will give these batteries a “second-life”, Nissan claimed.

For example, Nissan envisages the second-hand batteries being used to iron out fluctuations in supply from solar and wind power generation. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
Jurassic squawk: Dinos were Earth's early FEATHERED friends
Boffins research: Ancient dinos may all have had 'potential' fluff
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.