Nissan has confirmed the evolution of the highly successful LEAF electric vehicle (EV) by launching two versions of the LEAF 3.ZERO – the LEAF 3.ZERO and LEAF 3 ZERO E+ which the company hopes will broaden the appeal of EVs to more customers.
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Both models are now ready to order and will become available from May onwards. The LEAF 3.ZERO incorporates a new 8-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. The new model LEAF features the 40 kWh battery and is available in new body colours and two-tone colour combinations and is priced from £31,095 including the £3,500 UK Government Plug-in Car Grant.
The Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition, priced from £36,795 including Government Grant, features a higher output capable of delivering 160 kW (217 PS) of power; 340Nm of torque; and a longer driving range expected to be up to 239 miles from a single charge of the 62 kWh capacity battery. Only 5,000 units will be produced for European customers.
The vehicles are flagship models for the 2019 Nissan LEAF, sitting at the top of their respective ranges. The LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition features an Intelligent Power-enhanced high-capacity battery and more powerful motor. On the road, it will deliver a 40 percent range increase over the LEAF 3.ZERO which is equipped with a 40 kWh battery. This represents more than 62 miles additional range for a comparable usage.
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 percent increase in energy density and 55 percent 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 5-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 50 mph to 75 mph is nearly 13 percent 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 (97mph) has also increased from the 40kWh version by approximately 10 percent.
The LEAF 3.ZERO models will feature both e-Pedal and ProPILOT Intelligent Driving technologies. The e-Pedal allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal, delivering a seamless, smooth drive and maximum control to the driver through enhanced pedal feedback.
ProPILOT is a ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system for use on single-lane highways. 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.
The batteries in both vehicles come with the same eight-year/100,000 mile Nissan warranty applied to all other versions of the LEAF.
The launch of the new vehicles follows a historically strong year for Nissan electric, with the new LEAF performing particularly well. The vehicle has been the highest selling EV in Europe for 2018, with over 40,000 cars delivered across the continent and it remains the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, with more than 380,000 units sold globally since the original car launched in 2010.
“Since we launched the new Nissan LEAF last year, the customer response has been outstanding” said Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles and connected services, Nissan Europe. “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.”
The LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition was announced in Japan and is present at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, this week. Customers wanting to order either model can register their interest online from the 9 January 2019 or visit one of Nissan’s UK retailers.
First deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO are expected to start from May 2019, while initial customer deliveries of the LEAF 3.ZERO e+ Limited Edition will commence from summer 2019.