World’s best selling electric car
The new Nissan LEAF will take center stage on the Nissan stand in Geneva. Over fifty thousand have been sold since its launch and now Nissan have made a series of changes that will only boost its popularity.
The improved range is sure to bring even more sales; the charging time has been cut by half reduced from eight hours to just four when the optional 6.6kw charger is fitted. Nissan have introduced a new LED inspection light so drivers no longer have to rely on street lighting to connect their cars to an electric source at night. The charging port has been reworked to improve usability and security and its release mechanism now uses an electric switch. Additionally, the charge cable now features an electro-mechanical locking mechanism that removes the requirement to lock the cable to the car manually. The charger has been moved from the rear of the car to under the bonnet which means there is a massive increase to the luggage area which is another plus for would be buyers.
The only visual change to the car is the revised front grille helps reduce the aerodynamic drag coefficient Cd figure from an already impressive 0.29 to 0.28. The new LEAF's driving range is certified at 199km under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is an increase from 175km in the previous model.
Nissan LEAF standard specification
The Nissan LEAF is fully equipped with features such as regenerative braking, air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems. Another new addition is a new i-Key that also controls the charging port cover and cable lock.
The Nissan LEAF is the first 100% electric vehicle to be awarded five stars from Euro NCAP. The Nissan LEAF earned an 89% rating for adult safety, an 83% rating for child protection and an 84% rating for its on-board safety assist systems, which include Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a speed limiter as standard. The compact family hatchback also earned a higher-than-average 65% score for pedestrian safety, thanks in part to the low nose design and the comparative lack of ‘hard points’ under the bonnet.
All the significant updates to the LEAF are incorporated as part of a major range expansion that sees LEAF adopt the familiar Nissan three-tier trim line-up of Visia, Acenta and Tekna to broaden its appeal still further. The Visia version offers a lower price entry point while Tekna models feature even more standard equipment than the original model.