The zero-emissions vehicle, which Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. unveiled in the U.S. late Tuesday and in a Tokyo suburb Wednesday, promises a travel range of about 400 kilometers or 150 miles before needing another charge.
Koichi Sugimoto, analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. in Tokyo, says many automakers are selling green models because of tightening emissions regulations, especially in Europe and California, rather than because of what he called "natural sales growth."
Tony Seba, an expert on technological evolutions, who teaches at Stanford University, says the gas engine vehicles may go the way of film cameras before the advent of digital photography and old-style phones before the arrival of smartphones.
Nissan President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa speaks in front of its new Leaf electric vehicle during the world premiere in Chiba, near Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
Daniele Schillaci, head of global sales and marketing and also the Zero Emission Vehicle and Battery Business for Nissan, speaks during the world premiere in Chiba, near Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
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