Limited edition of Nissan's popular electric car gains bigger batteries and produces 214bhp
James Attwood, digital editor
9 January 2019

Nissan has launched a new range-topping version of the Leaf EV, which features a boost in power and a longer range.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition, launched at CES in Las Vegas, replaces the electric car’s standard 40kWh battery with a 62kWh unit. Nissan says it can achieve 239 miles on the WLTP test cycle, a 62-mile increase on the standard model.

The special edition, of which 5000 units will be offered in Europe, has also had its power increased to 214bhp, compared with 148bhp for the standard model. The car also features 250lb ft of torque and an increased top speed of 97mph.

The new 62kWh battery features 288 cells, compared with 192 in the standard unit. Nissan says it offers an increase of 25% in energy density and 55% in energy storage capacity but is a similar size to the 40kWh battery. The car sits 5mm higher on 16in wheels to account for the underfloor battery, but all other dimensions are unchanged.

Inside, there is a new 8.0in infotainment screen, with Nissan promising additional connectivity services. There are also new two-tone body colours.

Nissan has also launched a new Leaf 3.Zero model, which features the interior and exterior upgrades while retaining the 40kWh battery and standard power output of the original car.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ will be priced from £36,795 in the UK, including the £3500 government grant for zero-emission cars, while the 3.Zero will start at £31,095 (including grant). The regular Leaf starts from £21,990.

Both are now available to order. Deliveries of the Leaf 3.Zero will start in May, with the e+ arriving in the UK in the summer.

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9 January 2019

Shame such a big price difference between the standard and LR version especially when compared to Kona varieties.  Want another plus,  that's a big performance gain going by BHP increase.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 January 2019

£37k for a car with a 239 mile range and 97mph top speed, yet with 214bhp??

Negative progress!

 

 

9 January 2019
macaroni wrote:

£37k for a car with a 239 mile range and 97mph top speed, yet with 214bhp??

Negative progress!

Wrong, the top speed has been up'd.  And £37k is a high spec model not just increased battery power. 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

FMS

9 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

macaroni wrote:

£37k for a car with a 239 mile range and 97mph top speed, yet with 214bhp??

Negative progress!

Wrong, the top speed has been up'd.  And £37k is a high spec model not just increased battery power. 

 

Not much wrong with your powers of observation, but everything else is awry with the rest of you. Have you ANYTHING original to contribute, other than to take days to rehash that that has already been written?. TwIT, the w is silent, as you should be.

9 January 2019

This Leaf claims 214 bhp and only 97 mph top speed!

My car has 218 bhp and does 149 mph (makers figures). Do EV makers artificially limit the top speed to enhance the range? Or is it  due to the motor's power curve?

My only experience of electric motors is with the little DC devices used in car window lifts, toys  etc, and they reach peak power at half their no-load speed. Is the same true of the motors in EVs?  

Secondary question- if the top speed is just 97 mph, what is the acceleration like at say 80 mph? We are always told of very quick 0-60 times, but not much else.

9 January 2019

The Model 3 can do 155 and hit 60 in less than 3.7 seconds.  Most drivers interested in keeping their licenses don't go 100+ anyway, especially ones driving Nissans

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 January 2019
xxxx wrote:

The Model 3 can do 155 and hit 60 in less than 3.7 seconds.  Most drivers interested in keeping their licenses don't go 100+ anyway, especially ones driving Nissans

You should go on YouTube and see the videos posted by unhappy owners, apparently the paint quality is poor for starters......

Peter Cavellini.

9 January 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

xxxx wrote:

The Model 3 can do 155 and hit 60 in less than 3.7 seconds.  Most drivers interested in keeping their licenses don't go 100+ anyway, especially ones driving Nissans

You should go on YouTube and see the videos posted by unhappy owners, apparently the paint quality is poor for starters......

Oh that'll stand up in the court of law then.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

9 January 2019

Only in the day after Goshon went out of the prison to be heared in court, Nissan reveals details of the new super-douper-fantastic-marvel: + 5mm high on an already not that low setup.

Way to milk the cow, Nissan!

and that front blue lip is going to do wonders, too. Pointless engineering.

Bring a completly new car instead, but at least wait a few days to get a grip on what is going to be the UK debacle of the year, Brexit.

God save Sunderland

9 January 2019

£37k after the grant, nonsensical. Until we have an electric car with this range or better in the £high teens to low £ twenties it doesn’t make sense or much of an impact. Despite what manufacturers / media say a £30k car is not affordable for the majority..and until the majority run electric / hydrogen cars there won’t be any significant change in the level of pollution..sadly.

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