Longer-range Nissan Leaf e+ joins line-up permanently
The Nissan Leaf e+ has become a permanent member of the manufacturer’s line-up following huge demand for the limited-edition model that went on sale at the start of 2019.
A total of 5,000 examples of the Leaf e+ – featuring a 62kWh battery and 239-mile range – were earmarked for Europe, with 3,000 of those accounted for just over a month after the car’s launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.
Nissan has now confirmed that Leaf e+ will evolve into a fully fledged offering in Tekna trim, with first deliveries taking place this summer.
The Japanese carmaker is also introducing some technology and connectivity upgrades: the new model gains TomTom Live for optimised sat-nav route planning, while the Nissan Connect Services app will allow charging to be controlled remotely via a smartphone.
Earlier this year, Nissan Europe's senior vice-president Ken Ramirez called the response to the Leaf e+ "overwhelmingly positive", with the uptake providing further evidence of the rapidly rising demand for electric cars.
The 62kWh battery in the Nissan Leaf e+ boosts range to 239 miles, up from the 168 miles provided by the 40kWh unit in the standard car. A more powerful 215bhp electric motor is also included, 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 have been open since early January. First deliveries are expected in the summer.
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.
A new range-topping version of the standard Leaf was confirmed earlier in the year. 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.”
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.