The biggest complaint about all current electric vehicles is that of range against price. ‘It doesn’t go far enough on one charge’ was a very justifiable complaint… until now.
In the EV world we all knew it was coming but here it finally is. The new bigger battery and more powerful Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is the most successful EV in the UK and for very good reason. Now with this battery update I feel they have certainly cemented their place for many years to come.
When talking to non electric car drivers, their initial complaint is the range until I inform them of how far an electric car can go. At which they complain about the price. But now we have a solution for those people. This Leaf is a perfect replacement to the modern day hatchback like a Golf or Astra.
So how car far can it go?
The smaller battery model of the Leaf the ‘3.Zero’ has a battery size of 40kWh and has a WLTP range of 168 miles.
Whereas the new Leaf ‘3.Zero e+’ has a 62kWh battery and a WLTP range of 239 miles! This sort of range has got to be more than adequate for 90% of the drivers out there.
The motor has also seen an upgrade on power from 110 kW/ 147 bhp to 160 kW / 214 bhp.
Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+
Range – 239 miles (WLTP)
Battery Size – 62kWh
Power – 214 bhp
Although this plus model is packing an extra 22kWh of storage, the physical size of the battery pack has increased very little. The only difference that is actually visible from looking at the car is that the body is 5mm higher.
And the bit you’ve been waiting for – the price. The 40kWh ‘3.Zero’ model starts from £31,095 and the bigger battery 62kWh ‘3.Zero e+’ model starts from £36,765. Compare that to the VW e-Golf which goes little over 100 miles and I would say you get a lot more for your money with the Leaf e+!
The Nissan Leaf is now in the same range area as the new Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro which are both set to land in the UK this year.
So have I convinced you that electric is getting there with both range and price? Even if this Leaf doesn’t do it for you we can see the industry is working tirelessly in the right direction with bigger batteries, faster chargers and more cost efficient cars!
Electric Cars Trader