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The electric revolution continues, with more than 27,000 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles sold throughout 2015, representing a 90% increase on 2014.
Nissan believes one of the main reasons for the increase in consumer demand is down to the number of electric and hybrid vehicles available on the market, with a total of 30 available now compared with the six options on offer back when the original Nissan Leaf was launched in 2010.
The Leaf is still regarded as a viable route into EV ownership, with a £20,790 price tag for the entry-level Visia trim 24kWh version. But now Nissan has decided to tackle the issue of range anxiety with this new 30kWh Leaf, which is claimed to have a longer, 155-mile range.
Despite an increase in the battery’s capacity, the battery unit is still the same. Nissan has introduced new cathode and electrode materials and has revised the battery's construction in order to increase density. As a result the Leaf weighs 21kg more than its 24kWh stablemate, but performance and speed remain the same.
The 30kWh Leaf will be available in mid-level Acenta and range-topping Tekna trims only, with prices starting from £24,490 after the £5000 government subsidy has been applied. You also get the added bonus of a longer eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on the battery.