Nissan's Leaf up close

Creating an electric car posed a lot of challenges, such as where to put 480 pounds of batteries. Nissan's stylists came up with a design that is both futuristic and functional.

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The battery is the heart of the electric car. The Leaf is powered by 48 battery modules like this one, each one containing four cells. Nissan believes its lithium-ion chemistry provides unique advantages in cooling and space utilization.
Last updated February 17 2010: 10:12 AM ET
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