Gallery: Nissan Leaf

An electric for the masses

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For all the hype over electric cars, no one from Detroit to Silicon Valley has managed to put a four-passenger, highway-legal, 100-percent electric car in showrooms, at any price. This year, however, Nissan unveiled the Leaf, which when it goes on sale next year will be the first mass-market pure-electric car.

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A side view of the Nissan Leaf, which is priced at an estimated $28,000 to $32,000 before the $7,500 federal clean-car tax break.

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Rear view of the zero emission Nissan Leaf, which is powered by lithium-ion batteries that charge from a standard wall outlet and an electric motor that produces a powerful 206 pound-feet of torque.

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A look at the Nissan Leaf's digital display, part of the futuristic styling of the five-passenger hatchback that promises a 100-mile-plus driving range, a generous amount of cargo space, and the prospect of never visiting a gas station again.