World's Only Nissan LEAF Limousine Makes Grand Debut

By · June 21, 2012

Imperial Coach Builders of Springfield, Missouri claims to be the builders of the world's first-ever electric stretch limousine.

Though its stretched exterior appearance is questionable, the Nissan LEAF limo is no doubt a one-of-a-kind, chauffeur-driven electric machine. According to Imperial Coach Builders, the conversion process was relatively simple. As Nathan Daily, the firm's head electrician told Ozarks First, "We took a regular Nissan LEAF electric sedan (sic) and we cut it into two and basically extended the frame and everything to add a center section to stretch it into a limousine."

Nissan LEAF limo

It's believed that the stretched LEAF, which obviously weighs significantly more than a standard LEAF, still employs Nissan's 24-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, so we don't expect the LEAF limo to get even remotely close to 73 miles out of a full charge.

But as sales manager Gary Spaniak told Ozarks First, the LEAF limo's limited range doesn't affect its singular purpose: "Limo operators have to decrease their overall gasoline consumption, so obviously by putting an all electric LEAF would decrease their overall gas consumption and be able to legally stay on the road."

Comments

· · 1 year ago

This is too funny. My wife grew up in Springfield and I just emailed her the link to this page.

I suppose there is validity to the concept in that this limo has no tailpipe emission but, at the end of the day, the super-stretch Leaf idea sort of falls under that category of "stupid EV tricks."

· · 1 year ago

Cool!

· · 1 year ago

I love it!
Too bad there isn't more space for luggage or this would be great for hotel airport shuttles.
I'm sure there are plenty of applications for a short-range, comfortable, 5 - 7 passenger EV passenger vehicle. Maybe it would be good for shuttling VIPs around a campus or small area.

· Anonymous (not verified) · 1 year ago

Personally, I like Scrooge McDuck's limo much better.

· Al (not verified) · 1 year ago

With that extra length, I would have imagined that there would be more space to put extra batteries to help increase the range of this EV.

· Andrew Corey (not verified) · 1 year ago

Wow! This is an excellent car it is! LEAF limo is a one of the most luxurious car in the world. I am really impressing to see it. I wish I will buy this. Thanks for nice posting.

· Alfred Norman (not verified) · 1 year ago

Cool! LEAF limo is a most number one luxuries car in the world. I like this car. I rode this car last week in my friend’s wedding party. It's a very safety and comfortable. It's make a statues in a society. Thanks for posting :)

· Filip Earl (not verified) · 1 year ago

Wonderful! LEAF is a wonderful car I never seen. Really it's outstanding car. It's also environmental friendly car. I wanna buy this car. I gift it to my wife in my coming marriage ceremony.
Orlando Movers

· · 1 year ago

The car is awesome. I had no idea that Nissan had this kind of plans. I should read the newspaper more often. I wonder if they already have it in stock on limo hire London... That would be my chance to test drive it.

· Limo Hire London (not verified) · 1 year ago

Really this Nissan Leaf limousine is a flexible vehicle. The Leaf limo keeps all of the standard equipment as the regular Leaf, including the single battery pack, though it was moved to the rear for better balance. Added in the rear end is leather seating for eight, wood inlays and other limo facilities.

Limo Hire London

· · 1 year ago

You would think, longer floor board....double battery....48kWh?!? Possibly allowing the car to go 125-130miles or even 100miles at hwy speeds with AC/Heat blasting.... maybe thats in the future of the LEAF-Limo EV.

Just dont see how spending all the money to stretch and not looking for a salvaged battery to keep the range around 100miles. It will pay for itself

· · 1 year ago

Oh heck! Did you guys check out that video? They should be able to shoehorn in 10 - 24 kwh batteries ( 240 kwh) so that should give it like a 600 mile range. Plus put that under-utilized Smyrna, Tenn Nissan battery plant to work. Upgrade that 3.3 kw OnBoardCharger to at least a 7.2 kw unit so that it can fully utilize public charging stations while Out on the Town.

Seriously ( and I was only half-kidding in the last paragraph), Nissan should contract with these coach builders to make bigger EV's for people who want them.

· Alfred S. Schultz (not verified) · 1 year ago

Depending on the manufacturer, model and year of vehicle you own, the cigarette lighter adapter may provide enough power to charge the electronic outlet without the car being powered on however, the majority of vehicles need to be turned on to keep the electronic device from potentially draining the car's battery. Thanks.
Regards,
Alfred S. Schultz

· Limo321 (not verified) · 1 year ago

Leaf limousine is quite flexible vehicle, its safe and kind of luxury car as well, easy to drive i mean not like other long limo stuff.

New to EVs? Start here

  1. What Is An Electric Car?
    Before we get going, let's establish basic definitions.
  2. A Quick Guide to Plug-in Hybrids
    Some plug-in cars have back-up engines to extend driving range.
  3. Electric Cars Pros and Cons
    EVs are a great solution for most people. But not everybody.
  4. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  5. Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  6. Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
    EVs get bad rap as expensive. Until you look at TCO.
  7. Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.
  8. Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
    With the right utility plan, electric fuel can be dirt cheap.
  9. The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
    If you plan to charge in public, you'll want to sign up for charging network membership (or two).
  10. Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
    Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.