The latest versions of the Nissan Leaf are now available for purchase in Europe. This includes the longer range Leaf e+, as well as the conventional updated Leaf. First deliveries have already begun.
The Leaf e+ has already marked over 8,000 orders since it’s January reveal. With a 62 kWh battery, provided by AESC, and a 160 kW electric motor the larger Leaf manages a torque of 340 Nm. The top speed was increased by 10 per cent compared to the basic version, and the range is estimated at up to 385 km (WLTP). The starting price here goes for €45,000.
The basic new Leaf starts at €35,400 and features a 40 kWh battery for 40% less range compared to the larger version. Both vehicles still charge using CHAdeMO with 70 kW standard charge and a 100kW peak. Following the “Rapidgate” charging scandal, the software for the cars was updated to ensure longer and more stable battery life.
Other features included in the new Leaf include assisted steering, braking and accelerating “to help the driver on long commutes and in heavy traffic”. Single pedal driving is also enabled, as well as other technical additions, such as smartphone connectivity or remote climate control.
Helen Perry, Head of Electric Vehicles General Manager for Nissan Europe said: “As the original mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF has always offered customers an accessible means of enjoying the performance and economic benefits of owning an EV”. In addition to the mainstream appeal, the Leaf recently made headlines with a conversion kit from Tuning Kuhl Racing.
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