MANY people associate electric vehicles (EVs) with clean technology, charging infrastructure and driving range.
It is less-known that EVs deliver an exciting driving experience. To demonstrate the strength of electric mobility, Nissan recently challenged a professional stunt driver to drift with the new Nissan Leaf.
Drifting is usually performed by fuel-powered sports cars, but Nissan wanted to try something different.
In an unlikely pairing of adrenaline-inducing drifts and electric mobility, the new Leaf demonstrated with ease its ability to produce both maximum torque and force, while delivering virtually silent donuts and burnouts.
The world’s best-selling EV thereby debunked outdated perceptions that electric vehicles are nothing but large golf carts.
Throughout the test, the Leaf’s emissions remained at zero – a number symbolised by the vehicle’s donut tread marks.
As such, exhilarating performance aside, this indoor drift experiment provides yet another reason for us to smile at the prospect of future electric mobility.
The Nissan Leaf,stylised by manufacturer Nissan as LEAF, is a compact five-door hatchback battery electric vehicle, introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010, and now in its second generation. Its range on a full charge is 243 km (151 miles).
Among other awards and recognition, the Leaf has won the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan.
Global sales totaled over 400,000 Leafs by March 2019. The United States is its largest market, with 126,747 sold through October 2018; followed by Japan with 100,000 units by April 2018; and Europe with 100,000 by June 2018. The European market was led by Norway with 33,156 new units registered by the end of October 2018.
Watch the Nissan Drift Experiment video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM2VtvdKRxw