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Nissan reveals longer-range Leaf

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:56pm

Nissan has confirmed the evolution of the highly successful Leaf electric vehicle (EV) by launching two versions of the Leaf 3.Zero.

This new offer will broaden the appeal of EVs to more customers, and both models are ready to order from this month, with deliveries later this summer.

Following a record-breaking year for Nissan electric vehicles, Leaf 3.Zero brings to Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle a new eight inch infotainment screen enabling additional connectivity services such as door-to-door navigation.

An all-new and improved NissanConnect EV app will also be available when the Leaf 3.Zero goes on sale in Europe. Irish sales will start in the summer, in time for the 192 registration period.

The Leaf 3.Zero features the existing 40 kWh battery. New body colours and two-tone colour combinations will complete the choices.

The Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition, is also available to order. This limited edition – of which only 5,000 units will be produced for Europe (for now, at least) – features a higher output capable of delivering 160 kW (217hp) of power; 340Nm of torque; and a longer driving range expected to be up to 385km (Nissan’s estimate) from a single charge of the 62kWh capacity battery.

At the centre of the Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition is an Intelligent Power-enhanced high-capacity battery and more powerful motor.

On the road, the Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition will deliver a 40 per cent range increase over the Leaf 3.Zero which is equipped with a 40 kWh battery. This represents more than 100km additional range for a comparable usage, a clear evolution of the Leaf.

Through innovative design and clever engineering, the new higher-power battery contains 288 cells compared to the 192 found in the 40 kWh equivalent. 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 (based on 16 inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

With the more powerful motor, acceleration from 80-120km/h is nearly 13 per cent quicker. This allows the Leaf e+ to confidently pass slower-moving vehicles, exit corners faster and merge seamlessly with fast-moving traffic.

The top speed has also increased from the 40kWh version by approximately 10 per cent.

The Leaf 3.Zero models will feature both e-Pedal and ProPILOT. These critically acclaimed intelligent driving technologies are transforming the driving experience.

The e-Pedal is a new driving sensation for many, allowing the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. This delivers a seamless, smooth drive and maximum control to the driver through enhanced pedal feedback.

ProPILOT is an advanced driving assistance technology which works on single-lane highways. A ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system, it allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios.

The technology reduces driving stress and fatigue, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.

For exceptional customer confidence, the Leaf 3.Zero and Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition batteries come with the same eight-year/100,000 mile Nissan warranty enjoyed by all other versions of the Leaf.

The launch of the Nissan Leaf 3.Zero follows a historically strong year for Nissan electric vehicles, with the new Leaf performing particularly well. The new Leaf has been the highest selling EV in Europe for 2018, with over 40,000 cars delivered across the continent.

The Leaf remains the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with more than 380,000 units sold globally since the original car launched in 2010.

Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles and connected services, Nissan Europe, commented: “The Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition broadens the appeal of the Leaf family even further, adding more range to an award-winning package that remains great to drive and live with.

“Since we launched the new Nissan Leaf last year, the customer response has been outstanding. In an EV market that is constantly growing, sustaining the Leaf’s status as the most popular EV in Europe in 2018 is a testament to the strength of the product. We hope the Leaf 3.Zero models will help continuing this extraordinary growth in 2019.”

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