World's Only Nissan LEAF Limousine Makes Grand Debut
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."
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."
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