So, you think that a Ferrari, Smart fortwo or Mini are all unlikely choices for limousine conversions? Well, how about the current poster car for green transportation, the all-electric Nissan Leaf? Missouri-based Imperial LimoLand recently created such a beast, for use by the Embassy Suites Nashville South hotel. The staff at the hotel claim that it is “the world’s first road-worthy, licensed, street legal electric limousine.”
The Embassy Suites chain is reportedly very big on both luxury and going green. Combine this with the fact that the typical trip for the Nashville hotel’s VIP guests is under five miles (8 km), and the Leaf seemed like the logical choice.
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LimoLand left most of the original car intact, but added snazzy interior features such as mirrors, leather upholstery, and cedar paneling. The vehicle is still powered by its one 24 kWh battery, although it has been moved to the back for better weight distribution. Speaking of weight, 400 pounds (181 kg) of it were added to the middle of the vehicle, in the form of increased body length and extra seating.
Embassy Suites claims that the car is able to comfortably seat eight passengers, including the driver – LimoLand describes it as a six-passenger vehicle, although that may not be counting the two front seats.
There’s no word on the driving range of the Leaf Limo, or how much it cost. You can check it out in motion, however, in LimoLand’s video below.