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Nissan upgrades Leaf electric car

- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TOKYO (AP) - The upgraded Leaf electric car from Nissan can travel further without recharging, comes in a cheaper model and tells drivers how much battery life is left.

Nissan Motor Co. showed the latest Leaf on Tuesday at a Tokyo hotel. It can travel 228 kilometers (142 miles) on a single charge, up from 200 kilometers (124 miles) as long as you don't use air conditioning.

It sells for less than 2.5 million yen ($31,000) in Japan when stripped of fancy options and adding government green subsidies _ more affordable than the cheapest previous model at just below 3 million yen ($37,000).

The Japanese automaker said it made the improvements based on feedback from owners. The Leaf is the world's most popular electric vehicle. Global sales since late 2010 total 43,000 vehicles.

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