Under the Leaf hood
Under the hood, the Nissan Leaf doesn't look all that different from a typical gasoline engine at quick glance, even though it's completely different. The large "block" on top is the inverter and below that is the electric motor that moves the car. Being quiet creates engineering challenges. Engineers designed raised headlights to direct the wind flow slightly differently. If they hadn't, drivers would have heard the wind blowing past rear-view mirrors.
October 12, 2011 7:43 AM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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