Nissan upgraded its electric LEAF by giving the vehicle a better battery and extending its range.
The LEAF's new 30kWh battery – available on Acenta and Tekna trim grades – has exactly the same exterior dimensions as existing 24kWh unit, without compromising internal packaging or taking up any extra space. It only adds a modest 21 kg increase in weight (which is 25 percent more as previous versions), making it a proper alternative to cars with internal combustion engines.
Key to the new battery's higher performance despite the same size is the introduction of Carbon, Nitrogen and Magnesium to the electrodes and changing the cell layout. Recharging LEAF is still just as simple and easy as it is with the current 24kWh unit, as users can charge the battery right from the convenience of their home, from public chargers, or from the network of rapid chargers (3 phase, 400V) expanding across Europe.
Nissan also updated its new-generation NissanConnect EV infotainment system. One of its most prominent features is the new charging map that is capable of showing which charging points are available and which are being used at any specific time.
Furthermore, the LEAF 30 kWh also introduces a number of smaller exterior design changes, for example a new roof-mounted aerial along with offering customers to opt for a new color - Bronze.