The Nissan Leaf has been modestly successful in passenger car form, but last year, we heard about plans to turn a few electric hatchbacks to limousines. This week the first of the Leaf limos were delivered to buyers, including the Embassy Suites in Nashville, Tennessee – not far from Nissan’s American headquarters, and where it eventually plans on manufacturing Leafs.
We reported last year that a company called Imperial Limo Land in Springfield, Missouri was working on a stretched version of the Nissan Leaf, with the goal of stretching it four feet to a total length of 223 inches. This week, we heard that the first of the electric limos have reached their buyers. The owners of the Embassy Suites hotel in Nashville, Tennessee purchased a stretched Nissan Leaf to use for a VIP guest shuttle service.
Limo Land makes the limo by taking a stock Nissan Leaf electric hatchback, removing the floor-mounted battery pack, and cutting the car in half. Then they add a four-foot section to the middle, weld everything together, and re-mount the stock battery pack in the floor, towards the back of the car. On the inside, Limo Land upgrades the interior with two rear rows of seats that face each other (the car now seats eight, including the driver), as well as typical limo accoutrements like a wood-paneled bar/drinks cabinet.
Now that the four-foot stretch is done, Limo Land is working on an even longer version with room for more people. Because the super-stretched vehicle would be even heavier than the stretched version, Limo Land engineers would probably add a secondary battery pack to keep the longer vehicle's total range at the same level.