Nissan Finally Gives Us A Leaf With A Big Battery
Nissan is giving the people what they want at CES: a longer-range Leaf. Called the Leaf e+, it brings the electric car’s range up to 226 miles thanks to a 62 kWh battery pack. The regular Leaf’s 40 kWh pack provides 150 miles of range, so the Leaf e+ gets a 76-mile boost. The larger battery pack doesn’t take up much extra room, either, adding about 0.2 inches in total overall height with the 16-inch wheels – other dimensions are unchanged.
For the larger battery pack, Nissan developed a faster 70 kW charging system that should allow quick-charge times similar to the current 40 kWh Leaf – and that’s despite a 55 percent larger battery. The current Leaf can reach 60 percent charge (90 miles) in 30 minutes, so we can calculate that the Leaf e+ will replenish about 135 miles of range in 30 minutes.
To go along with your big battery, you’ll also be getting more power in the Leaf e+. It isn’t sports car territory, but the 160 kW electric motor makes 201 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. That’s 54 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque more than the Leaf with the smaller battery makes. Zero to 60 mph times aren’t quoted by Nissan, but the trip from 50-75 mph is done 13 percent quicker. Top speed goes to about 105 mph, too.
Nissan revamped the e-Pedal system to account for the Leaf e+’s increased mass. The system will also improve refinement and pedal modulation in reverse, a sticking point in the current Leaf. It’ll also provide more regenerative braking overall, allowing the driver to stop more effectively using only the e-Pedal.
Appearance-wise, the Leaf e+ doesn’t look a whole lot different than the regular Leaf. It gets a front fascia with blue highlights up front, and a “Plus” badge sits out back. An “e+” logo plate sits under the lid of the charging port. The infotainment system gets updated with a larger 8-inch screen and new software.
Everything else carries over from the recently redesigned 2018 Leaf. We’re told the Leaf e+ will be rolling into dealerships come spring 2019. Pricing is unavailable for the time being, but rumors point to about a $6,600 increase over the normal Leaf. The current base price is $30,875, so this increase puts it in the realm of other cars with similar range such as the Chevy Bolt and Hyundai Kona Electric.