If you’ve been wondering what the next trend in limousines is, one company may have the answer. A Springfield, Missouri-based custom coach builder plans to convert a Nissan Leaf into a stretch limo. So, if pulling up to the red carpet in a stretched Escalade is too eco-unfriendly and oh-so-last-season for you, a Leaf limo will let you roll in zero-emission style while still maintaining your VIP status.
Imperial Coach Builders, a subsidiary of Electric Car Company, inc., announced that it has received a purchase order from a transportation service to convert a Nissan Leaf into a stretch limo. The company plans to stretch the all-electric vehicle by about 48 inches, which would increase the Leaf's overall length to 223 inches. With that extra space, Imperial Coach Builders says it will double the seating capacity of the rear passenger compartment. The company doesn’t specify how the seats will be arranged, but if the custom build follows traditional limousine conventions, you can likely expect a bench along the side and the rear seats to stay put.
“This will be the first conversion of this revolutionary vehicle and the first pure electric limousine,” said Electric Car Company president Gary Spaniak. The company specializes in converting livery and fleet vehicles, municipal buses, and delivery trucks into all-electric vehicles.
No mention is made as to how much the added length will affect the Leaf’s 3375-lb. curb weight, but an increase of four feet means the stretched EV will definitely put on a few extra pounds. How this will impact the vehicle’s 100-mile range or battery pack is unknown. Still, if you only need to get from the Kodak Theater to that post-Oscar party just down the street, and also need to keep up your eco-friendly image, a Leaf limo might be for you.
Source: Electric Car Company