The second-generation Nissan Leaf electric car can now be ordered in Britain, with prices starting from £21,990 for the entry-level Visia model.
That price includes the UK Government's £4500 grant for zero emission vehicles. Also taking the grant into account, the Acenta model costs £24,290 and the N-Connecta model costs £25,990. Top of the range is Tekna, which starts from £27,490 once the grant is applied.
Available with the new Leaf is a limited-run Zero model, which is priced from £26,490 (including the government grant) and is only available in 1500 units.
UK reservations opened on 1 January, soon after the order total in Europe surpassed more than 10,000 cars. First UK deliveries are due in February.
The Leaf is already the world’s best-selling all-electric car, with more than 283,000 units produced for the previous model. But Nissan has heavily reworked the new car to take on increasing competition in the fast-growing electric vehicle sector. The new Leaf is powered by a 147bhp motor – 40bhp more than the previous car – that produces 199lb ft. It can achieve 0-62mph in around eight seconds – just over three seconds faster than the current car.
In the new Leaf is a floor-mounted 40kWh lithium-ion battery – compared with a choice of 24kWh and 30kWh batteries in 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 outgoing range-topping 30kWh battery and 111 miles more than the entry-level Leaf.
Due to feedback that the old Leaf’s distinctive style wasn’t popular with some buyers, Nissan has given the latest 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.