Nissan Leaf e+ announced with 239 miles of range

The new 62kWh, 239-mile range Nissan Leaf e+ is on sale now, but only 5,000 are coming to Europe

A new, longer-range version of the Nissan Leaf has been revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The Nissan Leaf e+ features a 62kWh battery, boosting range to 239 miles, up from the 168 miles provided by the 40kWh unit in the standard car.

A more powerful 215bhp electric motor has also been introduced, pushing the car's top speed up to 97mph.

The Leaf e+ is priced from £36,795 in the UK – including the £3,500 discount provided by the Government’s plug-in car grant – and order books are open now. First deliveries are expected in May.

The Leaf e+ is a limited-edition model and only 5,000 will be offered in Europe, although Nissan says the 62kWh battery will eventually feature in "further production" cars at a later stage.

The larger battery has been in the pipeline for the Leaf for some time, with models like the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric moving ahead in the pecking order last year with their far superior range figures.

The 62kWh unit in the e+ puts the Leaf back in the hunt: Nissan says it features 288 cells that are 25% more energy-dense than before, making it only slightly bigger than the 192-cell, 40kWh version. As such, the Leaf e+ is 5mm taller than the standard car.

Charging times aren’t expected to be much different either, with Nissan claiming that a new system capable of handling rapid chargers up to 100kW will see the Leaf e+ topped up to 80% in around 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, Nissan has also announced a new range-topping version of the standard Leaf. Priced from £31,095, the flagship ‘3.ZERO’ trim adds a new eight-inch touchscreen and “additional connectivity services such as door-to-door navigation.” A new version of the Nissan ConnectEV app has also been promised.

New body colours and two-tone colour combinations are available to customers, and Nissan’s e-Pedal and ProPILOT systems are included.

The Leaf e+ also welcomes the above upgrades, and gets the same eight-year/100,000-mile warranty as offered on all versions of the car.