New longer-range LEAF to offer up to 155 miles
The increased range is the result of the introduction of a new 30kWh battery and is expected to significantly add to the LEAF’s appeal for fleet and private drivers.
Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe, said: “The LEAF, the best-selling EV in the world, just got even better. An up-to 155 miles opens the world of EV to thousands of drivers across Europe who before just weren’t completely confident that an EV would work for them. This extra range will make LEAF ownership an easy first choice, for many, many more drivers.”
Available on Acenta and Tekna trim grades, the new battery has exactly the same exterior dimensions as the existing 24kWh unit and weighs just 21kg more. It features the same charging options, including compatibility with rapid chargers at most motorway service stations in the UK, as the 24kWh offered to date and comes with an eight-year / 100,000-mile warranty.
The 2016 model year LEAF also introduces a new NissanConnect EV infotainment system on Acenta and Tekna trims. This h replaces the previous Carwings setup and includes a charging map with live availability, a completely revised navigation system, maintenance alerts and a car finder facility.
The LEAF 30kWh also introduces a number of subtle exterior design changes – including a new roof-mounted aerial along with the availability of a new colour – Bronze.
Sales of the model year 2016 Nissan LEAF 30kWh will begin in the UK in December 2015. Prices start at £24,490 for the Acenta trim – up £1,600 than the equivalent LEAF with a 24kWh battery.