Bringing the Leaf to life
- Magazine Feature Article
Electrification is nothing new to Hidetoshi Kadota, Chief Vehicle Engineer of the
Kadota, a seasoned chassis designer, was about to see his latest work materialize in a new compact minivan in 1991 when he was yanked from his forte and promptly assigned to Nissan's electric vehicle (EV) development. Major manufacturers who had larger market shares in California were facing the imminent zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) mandate and were accelerating EV development.