For the first time, the Nissan Leaf electric car was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, and its sales on the domestic market began next spring. In addition to Japan, the model is sold in the United States and Europe. This allowed the electric car to win the honorary titles of European and World Car of 2011.
And at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show debuted an updated version of the Nissan Leaf hatchback, which has been produced for the Old World at the company’s plant in Sunderland (Great Britain) since June.
Externally, the restyled Nissan Leaf (2016-2017) has remained practically unchanged, with the exception of new design rims, available in 16 and 17 inches in diameter. This is the same five-door 4,445 mm long (wheelbase 2,700), 1,770 mm wide and 1,550 mm high.
However, the manufacturer managed to increase the trunk volume of the model from 330 to 370 liters, but more importantly, the electric car’s range increased from the previous 175 to 199 kilometers. This has been accomplished through many small changes.
So, for example, the aerodynamic drag coefficient due to the optimized front end was reduced from 0.29 to 0.28, friction losses were reduced in the mechanical parts of the power plant, the control electronics were improved, the new B-Mode in the transmission allows you to accumulate more energy when braking, and improved batteries have lower power consumption.
Recall that the Nissan Leaf is built on the Nissan V platform, and is driven by an 80 kW (110 hp) electric motor that develops a maximum torque of 280 Nm. Lithium-ion batteries located under the floor are responsible for its power supply, which takes 8 hours to fully recharge from a 220 V network.
But now a new 32-amp charger (available as an option) has been developed for the model, which allows to halve the charging time of the batteries, that is, to four hours. Depending on the version, the hatchback can also be equipped with LED headlights, BOSE music and a surround-view infotainment system.
With all this, the price of the Nissan Leaf has dropped by about 3,000 euros, although the exact cost of the updated version of the electric car has not been reported. Unfortunately, sales of the Nissan Leaf in Russia are not yet planned due to the undeveloped infrastructure.
Updated Nissan Leaf 2016.
The 2016 Nissan Leaf electric car premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show with an upgraded battery pack. Their capacity increased from 24 to 30 kWh, however, with the same size, the batteries began to weigh 21 kg more.
But the maximum range with fully charged batteries increased to 250 kilometers against 199 earlier, so that one of the key parameters for an electric car improved at once by 25%. Only a new block is available for cars in Acenta and Tekna trim levels.
In addition, the Nissan Leaf (2016-2017) has got the new NissanConnect EV multimedia system with a 7.0-inch display and navigation, on which charging stations are marked. Plus, there was an additional version of the Bronze body painting.
European sales of the Nissan Leaf kicked off in January 2016, with an electric car with a new battery set in the UK starting at £ 24,490 (up £ 1,600).