11 Jan 2019

Nissan reveals Leaf e+

More powerful Leaf could come to OZ
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Nissan’s green Leaf is starting to warm up.

The Japanese maker unveiled a new variant of its eco-friendly hatchback at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week that adds a larger battery, faster charging and improved performance.

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Key to the Leaf e+ improvements is a 55 per cent larger battery that increases capacity to 62kWh, allowing for a more powerful electric motor and 100kW charging system - double that of the current 50Kw limit. Despite the larger battery, Nissan says the Leaf e+ will recharge in around the same time as the current model that takes 40 minutes to reach 80 per cent charge.

Subtle chassis tuning is likely to account for the added weight and the model will also introduce Door-to-Door navigation that can sync with a smartphone to provide walking directions after you’ve parked near the destination.

Performance increases by an appreciable 50kW and 10Nm to produce 160kW and 340Nm at the motor – higher in output than a Volkswagen Polo GTI - but offset by the heavier battery system that also increases the model’s height by 5mm. Performance figures are yet to be revealed, but Nissan says the Leaf e+ can achieve a top speed of 158km/h.

Range also sees a bump, improving from a WLTC-rated 322km to 459km that seems better suited to Australian driving conditions than the current Leaf, though there are no plans to introduce the e+ here just yet.

The Leaf e+ will instead launch in Japan, Europe and the US this year, where it is priced at over $50,000.

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