Nissan Leaf is a 5-door compact hatchback all-electric car that has been produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan since 2010.
The Leaf uses a front-mounted electric motor to drive its wheels. This motor that produces 80 KW (107 HP) was powered by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and when the leaf runs on a downward-sloping road, the Leaf’s motor regenerates electrical energy that charges the batteries. The Leaf comes with some advanced technologies (such as telematics and CarWings) that allow the driver to remotely control some functions via smartphone or computer. These technologies also help the driver to identify the energy-efficient routes and find charging stations.
To keep the Leaf’s center of gravity as low as possible, the battery which is the heaviest part on the car was situated below the front seat and the rear passenger’s foot space. The Leaf’s protruding headlamp keeps the direct wind away from side mirrors which help reduce drag and noise. The Leaf is quiet, comfortable and good to drive. The Leaf accelerates from 0-100 kph in 9.9 seconds and has a top speed of 150 km/h.
In 2013, the Leaf came with improved aerodynamics – a new regenerative braking system, its weight was reduced, and suspensions were much firmer improving the car’s overall stability. In 2013, the Leaf’s interior got extended, improving the interior space. At the back seat, a six-footer can sit comfortably.
For the base model, standard features were climate control, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, electric power windows, height-adjustable driver seat, adjustable steering height, and keyless start and go.
In 2016, the Leaf was tuned again and came with a new 30 kWh battery which proved to be considerably better than the old 24 kWh. This new 30 kWh battery has a 160000 km (100000 miles) or 8 years warranty and in Japan, there is a battery refurbishment program.
The Leaf comes with an SAE J1772 connector for charging on the AC main 120/220 volts. Charging the car for an hour on the main electricity, it regains 8 km (5 miles). Other trims came with a CHAdeMO port which speeds up charging as a fully discharged battery can be 80% filled in half an hour. However, the fast charging is not very much recommended as it shortens a battery’s life span.
2012 Nissan Leaf G
In 2018, a second-generation Nissan Leaf was released. This second-generation Leaf was built on a similar platform like the previous generation so mechanically, they are almost similar, only this new Leaf can travel much further and has more power.
The 2018 Leaf comes with a new motor that can produce 110 KW (147 HP), and this motor was powered by new 40 kWh battery packs that can run the Leaf up to 243 km (151 miles) without charging as per EPA ratings. The new Leaf still makes use of the 6.6 kW SAE J1772 regular plug connector for normal charging and the 50 kW CHAdeMO fast charging, but for the European market, it uses a Type 2 connector.
The 2018 Leaf also features some new intelligent driving technologies, which are available on only two trim levels. First is the ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system which is a system that is used while driving on a single lane on the highway making driving less stressful, more relaxing and easier for the driver. Secondly, there is the ProPILOT park which is a technology that when activated it takes control of the steering, braking, and gear selection and automatically guides the car into a parking slot. Lastly, the third technology is the e-Pedal which is a technology that allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop the car by adjusting the pressure on the accelerator pedal. When the driver fully releases the accelerator, regenerative and friction brakes will automatically apply and bring the car to a complete stop. The car will remain at that position whether it’s downhill or uphill until the driver presses the accelerator again.
In 2019, the Leaf Plus was released and it came with a new larger 62 kWh battery pack that can take up to 364 km (226 miles) and a new bigger and more powerful 150 kW motor. This new battery can be charged using 100 kW CHAdeMO chargers.
Standard features on the 2018 Nissan Leaf include Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, hands-free text messaging, 7.0-inch display screen, and automatic headlights.
The SV trim comes with alloy wheels, fog lights, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, NissanConnectEV telematics services, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a DC fast-charging port.