Longer-range Nissan Leaf e+ priced from £35,895 in the UK
The new Nissan Leaf e+ will be priced from £35,895 in the UK, following the success of the limited-edition model earlier this year.
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.
Now a full-time fixture in Nissan's line-up, the Leaf e+ is offered in Tekna trim. 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 allows charging to be controlled remotely from 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 starting price of £35,895 – cheaper than the initial limited-edition car – includes the Government’s plug-in car grant of £3,500. Order books have been open since early January.
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 in 2018 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.