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Nissan launches LEAF sales in Mexico; first company to sell a 100% electric vehicle there

6 June 2014

Nissan launched LEAF in Mexico, making the battery-electric vehicle the first 100% EV to be marketed in Mexico. The presale started 4 June and will continue until its arrival on June 30.

In Mexico, the Nissan LEAF will be available in a unique version with Around View Monitor that allows a panoramic view around the car; “B Mode driving” that allows power renewal almost immediately after the throttle is removed; a fast-charging port that allows a recharge of 80% of the battery in 30 minutes; leather seats; a 7-inch touch screen; and other features.

Initially, the Nissan LEAF in Mexico will be available for sale through Nissan’s certified dealership network located in Mexico City.

In addition, Nissan and the Government of the State of Morelos have taken the initiative to create the first electric corridor in Latin America that will be located between Mexico City and Cuernavaca.

Mexico City soon will have a development plan to install charging zones in Colonia Roma, Colonia Del Valle, Coyoacan, Polanco, Santa Fe, Ciudad Satelite, Altavista and San Angel.

Nissan also presented the results of a study led by INAINE (Institute for Ecological Research Assistance, AC) in relation to the development of EV infrastructure in Mexico City. The study was possible thanks to a fund that METI (a Japanese government entity) awarded Nissan, and it confirmed the viability of infrastructure development for the marketing of EVs in Mexico City.

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Mexico City could make use of a very large number of BEVs, charged with clean electricity, to reduce local pollution.

Of course, clean electricity production facilities and distribution should match the introduction of EVs.

BEVs, clean electricity production and storage facilities and charging stations could also be built locally to reduce cost.

I would like to be positive about these sales; but, I keep thinking about the problems people in hot climates have with the Leaf batteries.

That early problem has been solved with the extreme weather power pack?

While Nissan has earlier said that the hot-weather pack would be released late spring this year, so far there has been no confirmation that they have yet started shipping those batteries.

A leaf with a 30 minute quick charge looks like a good idea.
They have huge traffic jams in Mexico City, so an electric car would be ideal for crawling through traffic, both in terms of fuel efficiency and local pollution.

Their electricity is 75% from fossil sources (and 23 from renewables), so the power would be quite high CO2, but it would be worth it from the local pollution point of view.

There is enormous potential for solar in Mexico, but it will probably take some subsidies to kick it off in a big way (maybe not very much as solar is very cheap nad they have very sunny weather).

I imagine take off of electric cars will be down to local factors, like do people live in houses or apartments (for somewhere to charge), and the relative cost of gasoline and electricity.
Also, you can promote them with tax measures, as they have done in Norway.
But Mexico is a long way from Norway in terms of wealth.

Still, you could promote solar driving by putting up loads of solar panels and charging cars from them. (Or offsetting coal generated electricity).

The oil mexico has is valuable and they should conserve as much for exports and use solar for electricity generation. Also, they have a lot (20%) of hydro, which they could use to buffer the solar.

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