Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car

The Associated PressNovember 19, 2012 

Nissan Motor Co.'s latest LEAF electric car is displayed for media in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

JUNJI KUROKAWA — AP

— The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left.

Nissan Motor Co. showed the latest Leaf on Tuesday at a Tokyo hotel. It can travel 228 kilometers (142 miles) on a single charge, up from 200 kilometers (124 miles) as long as you don't use air conditioning.

It sells for less than 2.5 million yen ($31,000) in Japan when stripped of fancy options and adding government green subsidies - more affordable than the cheapest previous model at just below 3 million yen ($37,000).

The Japanese automaker said it made the improvements based on feedback from owners. The Leaf is the world's most popular electric vehicle. Global sales since late 2010 total 43,000 vehicles.

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