Nissan has announced the start of production for the MY20 Leaf range, which includes a new entry-grade 62kWh model and lower ‘On the Road’ pricing for the range-topping Tekna e+.
Nissan has marked the production of the 500,000th Leaf, the world’s first mass-market 100 per cent electric car. The milestone was achieved at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, England, almost a decade after the model first went on sale. The plant has built more than 175,000 Leaf cars since it began producing the model in 2013.
Nissan has confirmed the all-electric Leaf range will benefit from a new N-TEC limited edition, joining the cross car line N-TEC versions of Micra, Qashqai and X-Trail, which were launched in January. Priced at £32,795 (including the £3,500 Government Grant) the Leaf e+ N-TEC creates a new, more accessible, price point for the higher 62kWh capacity battery drivetrain. Launched in summer 2019, the e+ version of Leaf delivers 214 bhp of power, 251 ft lb of torque and up to 239 miles of range (WLTP combined) on a single charge.
Nissan and Uber have signed a deal to support the introduction of 2,000 all-electric Nissan Leafs for drivers who use the Uber app. The fleet of 40kWh Nissan Leafs, which can travel up to 168 miles on a single charge and are manufactured in Sunderland, will be offered to drivers as part of Uber’s Clean Air Plan.
Nissan’s expertise in electric vehicles and motorsport experience have come together in the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC – a showcase of “the power, innovation and excitement of Nissan electric vehicle technology”. The all-wheel-drive LEAF NISMO RC boasts more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, which was based on the first-generation LEAF and revealed in 2011.
Nissan is gearing up to close a record 2019 for EV demand that has seen the UK market share for all-electric cars more than double year-on-year. The company says that to cement the Leaf’s position as “one of the most accessible, and readily available, electric vehicles on the market”, it is reducing the ‘On The Road’ price of its LEAF 40kWh range by £1,650 on all grades.
The new range-topping MY19 Nissan Leaf e+ sits at the top of the Leaf range, using advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology to deliver 214 bhp of performance and up to 239 miles of zero-emissions driving.
The Nissan Leaf has become the first electric car in history to surpass 400,000 sales. Nissan says that Leaf owners have driven their cars more than 10 billion kilometres (over six billion miles) in total. The number of Leaf vehicles sold since 2010 is enough to save an estimated 3.8 million barrels of oil a year
It might have been replaced, but owning a first-generation Leaf is still a good bet. That’s because there are now more charging points as the electric vehicle infrastructure slowly takes off.
Nissan has confirmed the evolution of the Leaf electric vehicle (EV) by launching two versions of the Leaf 3.ZERO. The company says this new offer will broaden the appeal of EVs to more customers, and both models are ready to order from January 9, 2019.