Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Nissan Leaf e+ Can Do 458 Kilometers Between Charges
It may look like the same old Nissan Leaf launched last year, but the small “e+” badge at the back signifies something special: a new powertrain that offers additional power and range.
The Nissan Leaf e+ has a denser battery pack increasing its maximum cruising range by 40 percent. In addition, the powertrain’s output has been increased improving the all-electric car’s overtaking performance, especially in the crucial 80-120 km/h range.
The Nissan Leaf e+ features a new version of Nissan’s revolutionary electric powertrain, delivering excellent energy efficiency and robust torque and power output. While the Nissan LEAF meets the needs of many customers with its driving range of up to 322 kilometers, the Leaf e+ goes up to 458 kilometers.
The high-capacity battery and more powerful motor in the Leaf e+ combine to produce 217 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque, enabling faster acceleration when driving at high speeds. Accelerating from 80 kph to 120 kph is nearly 13 percent quicker. The top speed has increased by approximately 10 percent as well.
And thanks to an available new 70-kW (100-kW peak) Quick Charging system, the 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ can charge more efficiently than ever. Based on early testing, Nissan Leaf e+ owners can expect similar charging times when hooked up to the new charger despite sporting a 55 percent larger battery.
Even with a 25 percent increase in energy density and the increase in energy storage capacity, the Nissan Leaf e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the pack in the Nissan Leaf. Other than a 5-mm increase in overall height (16-inch wheels), the car’s exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.
More than 380,000 Nissan Leaf vehicles have been sold globally since the 100 percent electric model first went on sale in 2010. Equipped with advanced technologies including the ProPILOT semi-autonomous driving system and e-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving, the Nissan Leaf embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven, and integrated into society.
The Nissan Leaf e+ is scheduled to join the Nissan Leaf at Nissan dealerships in Japan in late January 2019. U.S. sales are expected to begin in the spring of 2019, and European sales will commence in mid-2019. After that, other markets including Asia and Oceania will follow.