With electric vehicles come range anxiety, and Nissan aims to address this problem. Just today, the company introduced the newest in the LEAF EV line, the e+. With this newest variant and its new powertrain, the LEAF e+ broadens its appeal with additional range and better power.
The Nissan LEAF e+ features a new version of the LEAF's revolutionary electric powertrain, delivering excellent energy efficiency and robust torque and power output. A new estimated range of 364 kilometers from the current model's 241 means better range of around a 50% increase. In terms of power, the high-capacity battery in tandem with the 160 kW motor, combine to produce 45 % more power and 340 Nm of torque. This gives the Leaf e+ faster acceleration when driving at high speeds.
As for charging, Nissan LEAF e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to a 100 kW charger as current LEAF owners do with a 50 kW charger, despite a 55 percent larger battery storage capacity. For those who purchase the LEAF, they need not worry about the battery's reliabilty, as Nissan offers a limited warranty of 8 years or 160,000 Km (whichever comes first) across all variants.
Aside from the changes under the hood, the LEAF e+ underwent subtle styling updates as well. Although most of the old LEAF's design has been carried over, a revised front fascia with blue highlights and an e+ badge on the underside of the charge port lid are the only giveaways that one is sporting the newest in the LEAF line. On the inside, blue contrast stitching for the steering wheel, seats and instrument panel accentuate the e+.
On the subject of the interior, New for the LEAF e+ is a larger, thin-film transistor, full-color 8-inch display, with an updated navigation system that can be linked to a compatible smartphone. The display features smartphone-like operation including swiping, scrolling and tapping. Also, in addition to ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal, every LEAF is equipped with advanced safety technologies including Intelligent Lane Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent Around View Monitor with moving object detection.
"The new Nissan LEAF e+ offers all of the style, convenience and electric vehicle benefits that have helped make LEAF the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, plus even more driving excitement, range, power and choice," said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America. "Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs."
The LEAF e+ will be sold under the LEAF PLUS Series in the US and Canada, with each trim level receiving its own designation of S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS. Globally, the vehicle will be referred to as the Nissan LEAF e+.