This is the new Nissan electric car. It's been named the Leaf and hopefully it's not because it wilts and drops once a year.
It is a five-seater electric car and will be built in Sunderland from 2013 on the back of a £420 million investment from Nissan.
More than half of the investment will come from the state, with the Department of Business granting £20.7 million towards the project and the European Investment Bank loaning £197.3 million.
About 50,00 Leafs (or Leaves) will be built a year Nissan say. The car has a range of 100 miles and can travel at a top speed of more than 90 mph. A hundred miles is useless for me. To journey to any city, with the exception of Dundee or Perth, would require me to recharge the battery and I believe a recharge takes some hours.
I'll be Leaf-ing it alone because I'm happy with my present car, although I can see the benefits of such a vehicle if you live in a city and public transport is unsuitable.