The Nissan LEAF e+ features greater range than the original LEAF
Nissan has unveiled the Nissan LEAF e+, which offers a new powertrain with additional power and range compared to the original LEAF.
The “e+” refers to the increased energy density of the model’s battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. The new powertrain adds to the car’s range by approximately 40%, ensuring that there’s a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.
“The LEAF e+ is more LEAF, offering customers more choice in terms of power and range,” said executive vice-president of Nissan Daniele Schillaci. “By offering customers a choice of powertrains to suit their needs, the award-winning Nissan LEAF is now more convenient and appealing than ever.”
The Nissan LEAF plays a vital role in Nissan’s efforts to integrate electric vehicles and energy systems into customers’ lives – creating an “EV ecosystem”. Among these efforts is Nissan Energy, the company’s initiative for its EVs to easily connect with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses, or feed energy back to power grids, as well as new efforts to reuse batteries.
The Nissan LEAF e+ is scheduled to join the Nissan LEAF at Nissan dealerships in Japan in late January 2019. US sales are expected to begin in the spring of 2019, and European sales will commence in mid-2019.
The Nissan LEAF e+ features a new version of the Nissan LEAF’s revolutionary electric powertrain, delivering excellent energy efficiency and robust torque and power output. While the Nissan LEAF meets the needs of many customers with its driving range of up to 322 km, near-silent operation and smooth and responsive acceleration, the Nissan LEAF e+ offers more than 40% additional range of up to 458 km, allowing customers the ability to do more between charges.
The high-capacity battery and more powerful motor in the LEAF e+ combine to produce 160 kW of power and 340 Nm of torque, enabling faster acceleration when driving at high speeds. Accelerating from 80 kmph to 120 kmph is nearly 13% quicker. This allows the LEAF e+ to confidently pass slower-moving vehicles, exit corners faster and more seamlessly and merge easily with fast-moving traffic. The top speed has increased by approximately 10% for comfortable cruising.
Thanks to an available new 70-kW (100-kW peak) Quick Charging system, the 2019 Nissan LEAF e+ can charge more efficiently than ever. Based on early testing, Nissan LEAF e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to a 100-kW charger as current Nissan LEAF owners do with a 50-kW charger, despite a 55% larger battery storage capacity.
Even with a 25% increase in energy density and the 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. Other than a 5-mm increase in overall height (16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.
Pricing of the Nissan LEAF e+ in Japan starts at 4.16 million yen (US$38,000). Other regional pricing will be announced closer to on-sale dates.