How do you know that a car is going to be successful? Somebody builds a limo out of it. Electric Car Company, Inc. has won a contact to take a stock Nissan Leaf, stretch it48 inches, and double the rear passenger seating capacity. Crazy…or clever?
Now there are certain…implications that have to be taken into consideration when stretching any car into a limousine. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, the additional weight is going to cut into the already limited range of Nissan’s electric car. The press release is short on details, saying only that the rear seating capacity will double (from 3 to 6 people) and that the little hatchback will be stretched by48 inches. That means more room for a larger battery pack which, if you ask me, is an absolute must in this case.
Fiscally speaking, in the right area, a Nissan leaf limo could work…though clients probably wouldn’t be happy being told that it’s time to go home ‘cause we’re outta juice. So this might end up as a one-off idea, at least until battery technology improves. But I feel like it is a good indicator for the future success of a car when coach builders start turning them into limos. There’s potential here…eventually.
Source: Electric Car Company, Inc.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.