posted 9 years ago

New Nissan Leaf Thrills Environmental Warriors

Environmental warriors rejoice, the new Nissan Leaf can now be officially 'reserved'.

Environmental warriors rejoice, the new Nissan Leaf can now be officially 'reserved'. Interestingly, despite being named after something that falls from trees and blocks the drains, the new Leaf is a rather significant machine. After all, this small family car is powered purely by electricity. That means it's 'goodbye' to internal combustion and oil- based fuel stations, and 'hello' to guilt-free zero emission motoring.

The new Nissan Leaf is propelled by a battery powered electric motor and, Nissan claim, has a range of up to one-hundred miles. However, this is dependant on a number of factors. Driving fast, aggressively, or uphill can reduce the Leaf's range – much as it does in a traditional oil-burner. Nissan is aware of this, so a dashboard readout indicates the Leaf's current power usage. Motorists can then adapt their driving style if required.

When the new Leaf needs recharging motorists have three options. The first is to 'plug in' to a home-based 13A socket, that then completes a full charge in ten hours. Alternatively, Nissan suggest installing the 16A fixed charging system that gets the job done in eight. The fastest option, however, is to use a rapid charging point that achieves an 80% charge in thirty minutes. The locations of these points are stored in the Leaf's navigation system.

The new Nissan Leaf is by no means the only electric vehicle on the market, but it is one of the most attention grabbing. That is because it's family sized, has respectable performance, and unlike some battery powered competitors feels like a proper car. Tempted? Well, prepare to write a big cheque. Even with the £5,000 Government grant, the price for this battery powered beauty is a rather hefty £23,990. Ouch!