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Rivervale's Guide to the Nissan Leaf

Rivervale's Guide to the Nissan Leaf

When the Nissan Leaf was first introduced in 2010 it was the leader of a very small pack.  7 years on most manufacturers already have, or are working on their own pure electric vehicle. Despite the new competition, the Nissan Leaf is still the World's best-selling electric car with 300,000 models sold to date.

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Range of the Nissan Leaf

There is a choice of 2 lithium ion batteries within the Nissan Leaf range, which one you choose will affect how many miles you will be able to travel on a single charge.

The first is the 24kWh battery which once fully charged has a maximum range of 124 miles.  The more powerful 30kWh battery can achieve a range of up to 155 miles on a single charge.

However, the range you will achieve from a single charge depends upon many factors.  If you are using air conditioning, the radio, windscreen wipers or headlights, these will all take power away from the battery and reduce the range of the Leaf.  The way in which you drive can also have an impact on the range of an electric vehicle.  Aggressive braking or accelerating can reduce range, the more smoothly you can drive the more miles you will travel on a single charge.

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Charging Your Nissan Leaf 

Charging the Nissan Leaf can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 15 hours depending on where and how you are charging.  There are 3 main options:

  1. Rapid Charge - There are rapid charge points at most public charging stations which use a much stronger current than would be safe to use at home.  At these charge points it can take only 30 minutes to achieve 80% charge in your Leaf.  
  2. Home Charging Unit - The home charging unit is a wall box which will supply a more powerful charge than a regular domestic socket.  It will need to be installed by an approved electrician. This method of charging will provide 100% charge of a 24kWh battery in 7 hours and 100% charge of a 30kWh battery in 9.5 hours.  This charging time can be further reduced by using an optional 6.6kW on board charger to 4 hours for the 24kWh battery and 5.5 hours for the more powerful 30kWh battery.
  3. Domestic Plug Socket - The Nissan Leaf like most other electric cars can be charged from a normal plug socket in your home in the same way you would charge your mobile phone or tablet.  This is the most convenient way to charge the Leaf, but as the current is lower than the other methods it is the longest.  The Leaf will need 12-15 hours of charging time to reach 100%.

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Another worry drivers have is the lifespan of the batteries in electric vehicles.  Nissan claim the Leaf's battery will still retain 80% of its original charge after 8 years of ownership.

Exterior features of the Nissan Leaf 

The Nissan Leaf largely remains conventional in its looks.  Styling on the exterior is all designed to reduce drag and so increase the amount of power available to produce the maximum range.  The quirky shape of the LED headlight cluster is designed to direct air flow away from the wing mirrors and reduce drag.  The LED headlights themselves use half as much energy as traditional lights.  An optional solar powered spoiler creates power to work the radio, saving a little more energy for a few more precious miles.  There are 16" steel wheels or 17" alloy wheels available which are lightweight and low rolling resistance tyres are used to further save energy.  Overall the Nissan Leaf has an impressively low drag coefficient of 0.28.

nissan leaf side profile

There are 8 colours to choose from for the exterior of your Nissan Leaf; Pearl Black, Blade Silver, Arctic White, Gun Metallic, Metallic Red, Storm White, Solid Red or Bronze.

Interior features and technology in the Nissan Leaf 

Inside the Leaf is an abundance of space.  The battery is in the floor so uses no luggage or passenger space.  This leaves room for 5 adults and 370 litres of boot space or 720 litres if the rear seats are down.

nissan leaf rear

If you choose fabric seats you will further be supporting sustainability as these are partly made from recycled bottles.

The infotainment system is the NissanConnect EV system which is controlled via a colour touchscreen.  From here, the level of charge remaining, nearest charging points, satellite navigation can all be accessed.  The air conditioning can also be preset and you can connect via your phone/tablet/computer to the NissanConnect system to activate charging.  This means you can plug your Leaf in, then begin charging from wherever you are to take advantage of lower tariffs.  As an electric car is largely silent, the NissanConnect system also provides the choice of 3 start up sounds.

nissan leaf interior

Nissan Leaf Trim Levels

The entry level Leaf is the Visia, which is only available with the 24kWh battery.  The top level Leaf is the Tekna with the Acenta in between the two.  The 24kWh or 30kWh batteries are available with these models.  There is a special Black Edition, which provides unique styling cues which is only available with the 30kWh battery.    

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Examples of the features available at each trim level can be seen in the table below.

Nissan Leaf Trim Levels

 Equipment Visia  Acenta Black Edition Tekna 
 Vehicle sound for pedestrians ♦  ♦ ♦  ♦ 
 Tyre Pressure Monitoring System  ♦   ♦ ♦  ♦ 
 AM/FM/CD Audio System  ♦   ♦  ♦  ♦
 Bluetooth ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ 
 AUX & USB Ports ♦   ♦ ♦  ♦ 
 Steering wheel mounted controls ♦   ♦ ♦  ♦ 
 Nissan Intelligent key with push button start  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ 
 Automatic air conditioning ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ 
 Hill Start Assist  ♦  ♦  ♦  ♦ 
 Halogen headlights ♦    
 Front fog lights  ♦  ♦  ♦ 
 16" steel wheels   ♦   
 Black Woven bio fabric interior ♦    
 Halogen headlights with follow me home function  ♦   
 Black/stone effect bio fabric   ♦  ♦ 
 NissanConnect EV Telematics  ♦   ♦ 
 Rear view camera  ♦   ♦ 
 Rain sensing windscreen wipers   ♦  ♦ 
 Cruise control and speed limiter   ♦  ♦ 
 LED Headlights with follow me home function     ♦ 
 16" black alloy wheels    ♦ 
 Black spoiler and door mirror caps    ♦ 
 Front and rear heated seats     ♦
Heated steering wheel       ♦
 BOSE Audio system with 7 speakers     ♦
 Black leather interior     ♦
 17" alloy wheels     ♦
 Rear privacy glass     ♦

The cost of running the Nissan Leaf will vary depending on where the Leaf is charged and the individual person's electricity tariff, but Nissan believe the cost can be as little as 2p per mile.  As a zero emission car, the Nissan Leaf will also benefit from being exempt from Road Tax, the London Congestion and T-charges.

Prices for the Nissan Leaf start from £21,680.

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