At last, the Nissan LEAF e+ has been announced featuring improved battery technology resulting in a power boost and longer range. This is the next-generation of 100% electric cars that could top the charts once again, especially considering what’s on offer. Nissan’s design team has certainly done their due diligence despite competing against the Tesla Model 3 and Chevrolet Bolt. They’ve incorporated several upgrades into the new model that will appeal even more to the eco-conscious motorist of today.
From game-changing battery technology, improved dynamic design, advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity, the Nissan LEAF e+ is the real deal. Manufacturing is set for Japan next month followed by Europe, UK and America soon after but still no confirmation whether it will come to South Africa.
What’s New On The Nissan LEAF e+
Starting on the outside, nothing has really changed as they focused more on driving performance, technology and perfecting Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility. One of the standout changes on the interior is the new 8″ touchscreen infotainment system with several features. It integrates with the Nissan smartphone app to manage vehicle charging, plan routes and door-to-door navigation. While these are all certainly impressive, the new feature of the infotainment system many EV drivers have been waiting for is the ability for over-the-air updates.
Fact is, the new Nissan LEAF e+ features more than 100 improvements compared to its predecessor. Many of the changes are actually as a result of feedback from active Nissan EV owners. Probably one of the biggest improvements is the extended range which Nissan achieved by improving the new LEAF’s aerodynamics and regenerative braking system along with a more efficient E-powertrain. Real range estimation is between 250 and 530 km where the average electric range is around 400 km*.
In addition to the longer range, Nissan introduced a new 70% more efficient heating system. When connected to the recommended power supply, battery charge time is cut in half thanks to the 70kW quick charging system with a 100 kW peak. They also moved the charging point to improve the Nissan LEAF’s boot space. Nissan has also included a limited battery warranty of 8 years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility
Included in the new Nissan LEAF e+ is the ProPILOT technology. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is an in-lane, semi-autonomous driving technology that automatically adjusts the distance between you and the vehicle in front. It also features an e-Pedal to accelerate, brake and come to a complete halt using only one pedal.
Nissan has ensured that driving a Nissan LEAF e+ is exciting, stable, smooth and quiet. There is ample room for five adults and sufficient luggage space for almost any occasion. For added peace of mind, every Nissan LEAF e+ comes with a variety of advanced safety technologies. This includes 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.
* Real-world range differs in various weather conditions. Cold weather is ‘worst-case’ based on -10°C and using the heater. Mild weather is ‘best-case’ based on 23°C and no use of air-conditioning. The actual range will depend on speed, style of driving, climate and route conditions.