Nissan turns over a new Leaf

14 January 2019

NISSAN has introduced a new version of its all-electric LEAF car, which it claims can travel all the way from Middlesbrough to Manchester and back on a single charge.

This remarkable return journey can be made without the need to worry about topping-up or running out of charge on the way, according to the company.

The claim is for a driving range of an incredible 240 miles, which is many times that of the original LEAF.

Nissan says that the batteries generate a power output of 160kW, which is equivalent to 215bhp, with pulling power of 340Nm.

Just a single charge of the 62kWh battery is enough to achieve the maximum driving range of the car, which has a top speed nudging 100mph.

This latest technology comes in the guise of a limited-edition version of the vehicle called the LEAF 3.ZERO e+, which is available to order from this week.

It gets a new eight-inch infotainment screen enabling additional connectivity services including door-to-door navigation. An improved NissanConnect EV app will also be available. 

There is also a lesser limited-edition model called the  LEAF 3.ZERO, which is priced from £31,095 including the £3,500 taxpayer-funded Plug-in Car Grant and uses a 40 kWh battery. New body colours and two-tone colour combinations will complete the package.

The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition is priced from £36,795 including Government Grant, with only 5,000 due to be made

This is the one that features a higher output with a longer driving range.

Both 3.ZERO launch versions are flagship models for the 2019 Nissan LEAF, sitting at the top of their respective ranges.

At the centre of the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition is what Nissan calls an Intelligent Power-enhanced high-capacity battery and more powerful motor.

On the road, the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition is claimed to achieve a 40 per cent range increase over the LEAF 3.ZERO which is equipped with the standard 40 kWh battery. This represents more than 60 miles extra driving in comparable use.

The new higher-power battery contains 288 cells compared to the 192 found in the 40kWh version. Even with a 25 per cent increase in energy density and 55 per cent increase in energy storage capacity, the Nissan LEAF e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan LEAF 40kWh. Other than a five-millimetre increase in the car’s overall height, the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

With the more powerful motor, acceleration from 50mph to 75mph is almost 13 per cent quicker. The 97mph top speed has also increased over that of the 40kWh version by ten per cent

The LEAF 3.ZERO models feature both e-Pedal and ProPILOT.

The e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal.

ProPILOT allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios.

The batteries of both versions come with the same eight-year/100,000 mile warranty of all other versions of the LEAF.

The LEAF was the best selling electric vehicle in Europe during 2018, with more than 40,000 buyers. It remains the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with more than 380,000 sold since the original car launched in 2010.

The cars are made in the North East of England, with first deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO expected to start from May, with deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition due from summer.