The All-Electric Nissan Leaf Hatchback: A Complete Guide

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Overview


Nissan Motor Corporation, a leading player in the global automotive sector is headquartered in Japan. The company is well known for leading automotive brands, to include, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun. In 1999, Nissan became part of the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The partnership makes these companies the 3rd largest automotive group in the world after Volkswagen and Toyota.



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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf


The Nissan Leaf, is one of the best-selling electric cars globally, with more than 500,000 sold.  The BEV was first introduced in 2010 in Japan & the United States. It was introduced in the UK in 2011. The electric Leaf is now sold in over 59 markets across the globe. In fact, in celebration of the inaugural World EV Day (September 9th 2020), Nissan marked the production of the 500,000th Leaf. Europe remains the largest market for the plug-in electric Leaf, followed by the United States and Japan.   

It has the unique distinction of being the first mass-market electric car in the world.  Since its launch, the ubiquitous EV has won numerous prestigious awards, to include, the 2018 World Green Car at the New York International Auto Show for the second generation Leaf.  The first generation Nissan Leaf won the 2011 World Car of the Year. In 2019, the Nissan Leaf was awarded the ‘Car of the Year’ in the Stuff Gadget Awards.

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)
At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Available
Variants:Nissan LEAF and Nissan LEAF e+
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (5 Options)
Acenta (from £25,995): Nissan LEAF
N-Connecta (from £27,995): Nissan LEAF
Tekna (from £29,995): Nissan LEAF
e+ N-Connecta (from £30,445): Nissan LEAF e+
e+Tekna (from £32,445): Nissan LEAF e+

PROSCONS
A good all-rounder BEVThough design has evolved, still not the best looking EV
Good rangeReliability assessment poor in the 2020 What Car? reliability survey
Affordable and practicalHeadroom for rear seats limited
Ample boot space (435 L)Sluggish infotainment system
High spec safety packageInterior materials feel cheap

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in two battery sizes (40 kWh and 62 kWh)
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (60 mins-90 mins 20% to 80%)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh£2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Dimensions
Height (mm):1540
Width (mm):1788
Length (mm):4490
Wheelbase (mm):2700

Acenta
EV Battery Capacity:40 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):168 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):242 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (60 mins 20% to 80%)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):320
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,580-1,640

N-Connecta
EV Battery Capacity:40 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):168 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):242 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (60 mins 20% to 80%)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):320
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,580-1,640

Tekna
EV Battery Capacity:40 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):168 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):242 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (60 mins 20% to 80%)
Top Speed:90 mph
0-62 mph:7.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):150
Torque (Nm):320
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,580-1,640

e+ N-Connecta
EV Battery Capacity:62 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):239 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):319 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (90 mins 20% to 80%)
Top Speed:98 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):217
Torque (Nm):340
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,709-1,726

e+Tekna
EV Battery Capacity:62 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):239 miles (combined)
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):319 miles (city)
Electric Consumption (kWh/100km):N/A
Charging:On-board charger: 6.6 kW. Port for Rapid Charger CHAdeMO type: 50 kW (90 mins 20% to 80%)
Top Speed:98 mph
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):217
Torque (Nm):340
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg)1,709-1,726

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)

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The All-Electric Nissan Leaf (credit: Nissan)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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