A Nissan Leaf limo? Yes, you read that correct. Stretch limos, provided the builder knows what they are doing, can be made from a variety of conventional models. The Leaf conversion was not one done by Nissan itself, but likely will have its share of Nissan executives riding in it given where it has debuted.
Imperial Limo Land out of Springfield, Missouri is the builder and Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs in Franklin, Tennessee is where this all electric limousine recently debuted. The reason for this particular location for what is said to be the world’s first vehicle of this type makes sense – it is less than a mile from Nissan’s North American office, according to The Tennessean.
This Nissan Leaf limo, despite its extended size, is said to have kept the stock vehicle’s essential parts intact, including just the one battery pack. The conversion, which added about 400 pounds in the center of the car to make room for more seating, is said to have taken around seven weeks.
Features of the limo, typical of this type of vehicle, include mirrors, plush leather and cedar paneling. Imperial Limo Land claims the driving range is around 100 miles, and that it will hold “eight adults, including the driver, comfortably.”
Plans call for the Embassy Suites to use the Leaf limo to shuttle guests around, with most typical trips being less than five miles from the hotel. While it does seem a little corny to have such a vehicle for this purpose, it does at least beat this green car alternative for those riding stretch eco vehicles – a Prius hearse.