Revamped version of world's best-selling electric car goes on sale, with 80-mile range boost from new 40kWh battery
James Attwood, digital editor
2 October 2017

The second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car has gone on sale in the UK, priced at £26,490 (including a government grant). It will initially be offered as a ‘2.Zero’ limited edition.

The Leaf is the world’s best-selling all-electric car and Nissan has heavily reworked the new model to take on increasing competition in the fast-growing electric car sector. It is powered by a 147bhp motor – 40bhp more than the outgoing car – that produces 199lb ft. It can achieve 0-62mph in around eight seconds, 3.2sec faster than the current car.

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The new Leaf is fitted with a floor-mounted lithium ion 40kWh battery, compared with a choice of 24kWh and 30kWh on the old car, and Nissan says it has a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range of 235 miles on a single charge. That’s 80 miles more than the current range-topping 30kWh battery and 111 miles more than the entry-level Leaf.

At £26,490, the new Leaf costs £500 less than a mid-range Black trim 30kWh first-generation car, although it is £4,810 more than the current cheapest Leaf, the 24kWh Vista trim.

Due to feedback that the old Leaf’s distinctive style wasn’t popular with some buyers, Nissan has given the new model a substantial makeover that echoes the new Micra. The exterior design has been refined in a wind tunnel to reduce wind resistance and increase efficiency.

The new Leaf will also be the first model sold in the UK with Nissan’s ‘ProPilot’ semi-autonomous driver assistance system, which can steer, accelerate and brake for the driver on highways and in single-lane low-speed traffic. It also features an autonomous parking system.

The Leaf also features an e-Pedal, which automatically combines the resistance of the front-axle regeneration system and brakes to slow the car when the driver lifts off the pedal. The Leaf interior features a new 7in infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 2.Zero launch edition comes with 17in alloy wheels, privacy glass, LED daytime running lights and a leather steering wheel. Order books are now open, with the first cars due to be delivered at the start of 2018.

Nissan upgrades e-NV200 electric van

Nissan has also launched a new version of its e-NV200 electric van, powered by a 107bhp motor, which will be available to order before the end of the year. 

Designed for use in urban environments, the e-NV200 features the same 40kWh lithium ion battery as the new Leaf, with an NEDC range of 174 miles, compared with 106 miles for the old model. Because the revamped battery is the same size, the van retains the 4200-litre cargo capacity as the outgoing e-NV200.

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2 October 2017

If those figures are correct and real world , the new Leaf is going to make the i3 look rather poor in terms of range , and also very expensive.

2 October 2017

I can get a brand new Dacia with LPG option for £10,200.

It is better value than this electric Nissan.

2 October 2017

I can get a Citroen C1 for under £9000.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 October 2017

Interesting that Nissan has already lanched this car in the UK, seemingly without an official press launch, or even making road test cars available. It's a bit like during the Seventies when Nissan used to pretty much ignore the press, which invariably described Nissan cars as being dull and uninteresting, while ignoring the fact that they were well equipped, reliable and affordable.

On the subject of range, I suppose it's inevitable that Nissan should quote figures obtainable on the NEDC test, rather than the more demanding WLTP test just introduced. The latter might just give a better indication of what buyers might expect.     

2 October 2017

235 NEDC equates to about 140 miles in the real world. 

Less in winter and with lights on, heater etc. 

Still seems a bit expensive but if you can make the car fit your driving(!) then the savings on fuel will add up I guess. 

 

Live. Eat. Drive.

3 October 2017

140 miles, what have you based this figure on? bearing in mind, have you access to test data on this particular car?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 October 2017

Just been on Nissan’s website to look at prices and finance in more detail - nothing. Has it actually gone on sale today, Autocar? Or is this a mistake?

 

Either way, £26k still feels a tad expensive. I thought we were supposed to be moving towards cheaper electric motoring - not adding £4K to the previous versions? 


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3 October 2017

Whist on price front here's an example of the top selling C seg car in the UK - 2.0 TDCi Titanium X 150ps Auto £26,845 or without the x bit £24,845, so the Leaf has a list price of around £1,500 more than the slower Focus which you'd probably get back in the first year, or 6 months if you pay the congestion charge

 

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