The new LEAF will also provide an expected real world driving range of up to 270 kilometres per charge (WLTP combined cycle#) thanks, in part, to the larger 40kWh battery.
These new features, plus an increase in power and torque, its stylish new design and bi-direction charging capabilities, are some of the key drivers in attracting repeat LEAF buyers and potential new customers to Nissan’s award-winning electric vehicle (EV).
“The new Nissan LEAF has the ability to transform the way we drive and live,” said Lester.
“The increase in power and particularly torque make this vehicle a lot of fun to drive, surprising many who get to experience it.
“A larger 40 kilowatt hour battery will keep the LEAF on the road for longer and with bi-directional charging capabilities, you could feed charge from the car to power your home.”
With range anxiety a major consideration for EV buyers in Australia, internal global research shows that current owners approach the re-charging of their vehicle’s battery in the same way as their mobile phone.
“Charging is a simple act and many EV owners tend to charge their vehicle like they charge their mobile phones in preparation for the next day, by doing it overnight,” said Lester.
“A study by Zero Carbon Australia tells us that, on average, city-based drivers have a 38 kilometre daily commute, so daily re-charging is not necessary.
“Also, with a conscious mindset of overnight charging well in place thanks to mobile phones, most Australians are unlikely to have range issues.”
With its fun to drive performance, dynamic new design and a range of Nissan Intelligent Mobility active safety technologies, as well as e-Pedal, the new Nissan LEAF is sure to impress.
e-Pedal allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone – without needing to use the brakes. It also features the Auto Hold function, maintaining the car’s position until acceleration is required. This will enable new Nissan LEAF owners to drive without using the brake pedal for up to 90 per cent of the time.
Nissan is committed to making transportation safer, smarter and more enjoyable, and it is Nissan Intelligent Mobility that will help to achieve this. Nissan Intelligent Mobility encompasses three core areas of innovation: how our cars are powered (Nissan Intelligent Power), how they are driven (Nissan Intelligent Driving) and how they are integrated into society (Nissan Intelligent Integration).
These new technologies are supported by a variety of Nissan Intelligent Mobility active safety equipment such as a 360 degree Intelligent Around-View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Emergency Braking – with Pedestrian Protection, Intelligent Cruise and Trace Control and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
New LEAF also features Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, push-button start, High Beam Assist, Satellite Navigation, ISOFIX anchor points and front and rear parking sensors.
Combining these with its contemporary exterior and interior design, an 8-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display, heated steering wheel, leather accented seats and ample space for five, the new LEAF offers a safe, comfortable, quiet drive that will be enjoyed by everyone.