More Engine Than Engine - 2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Leaf Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Leaf: More Engine Than Engine

March 24, 2011

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Check out the nice-looking aluminum valve cover on our 2011 Nissan Leaf. That's what we like to see. Much better than all that plastic.

Hold on a sec...this sucker's electrical...

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The "valve cover" in question is in fact an access cover for the power inverter that feeds the main electric drive motor (or "traction motor" if you want to get all nerdy about it) that sits directly below. Inside is a bunch of high-voltage electronic bits that get hot, hence the aluminum.

Still, it's ironic that an electric car like the Nissan Leaf makes a better underhood first impression than many regular cars.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 985 miles


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