Longer range Nissan Leaf

Battery boost for 2016 Nissan Leaf EV

Longer range Nissan Leaf

Introducing the new longer-lasting Nissan Leaf. Thanks to a new 30kWh battery, the 2016 Nissan Leaf could offer up to 155 miles from a single charge, up 25% on the 24kWh model. That’s an extra 31 miles, which has the potential to make quite a difference for some buyers.

The new 30kWh battery is available on the higher spec Acenta and Tekna trim levels and increases the Leaf’s overall weight by 21kg. But thanks to the introduction of carbon, nitrogen and magnesium to the electrodes, the battery’s performance has been improved.

As with the current 24kWh battery, which remains available across all trim levels, recharging can be carried out at home or via a public charger, as well as the nationwide network of rapid chargers.

Paul Wilcox, chairman of Nissan Europe said: “An up-to 155 miles opens the world of EV to thousands of drivers across Europe who before just weren’t completely confident that an EV work work for them”, adding he believes the Leaf will now be an “easy first choice” for potential EV owners.

Ability to pinpoint free charging points

The Leaf 30kWh models feature the latest generation of the NissanConnect EV system, which replaces the old Carwings setup. The new system includes an updated charging map, with the ability to pinpoint which charging points are currently in use. Nissan claims it now offers a simpler activation process and a new design.

The updated NissanConnect EV is available on all 2016 Acenta and Tekna models, which will benefit from a new interface, DAB digital radio and a 7-inch touchscreen device.

Exterior changes to the 2016 Nissan Leaf fall into the ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ category, but squint hard and you’ll spot a new roof-mounted aerial. You can also opt for a new colour – the rather autumnal Bronze. Autumn, Leaf… OK, moving on.

Leaf 30kWh prices from £24,490

The 30kWh battery commands a £1,600 premium over the equivalent 24kWh, with prices starting from £24,490 for the Tekna trim. Leaf ownership can actually start from £20,790, but you’ll have to ‘make do’ with the entry level Visia trim and the 124-mile range of the 24kWh battery. All prices include the £5,000 government plug-in car grant.

Sales of the new 2016 Nissan Leaf commence in December and you can expect to see the updated model on show at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. We’ll be there to bring you the latest news from Europe’s largest motor show.

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