Nissan Leaf (2nd Gen)
The next generation Nissan Leaf comes with a significant upgrade to range and battery size, plus a number of driver assistance features.
151miles (243 kms)
Based on EPA cycle
Latest Model Year2018
MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price
|Top Speed||140 mph|
|Acceleration||8.9 seconds (0-60 mph)|
|Home Charging*||Charged in 8 hours (6kW). 1 Hour of charge gives 22 miles of range.|
|Fastcharge Speed||Charged to 80% in 40 minutes.|
Slow (Home and some Public Chargers)
Each EV has an inbuilt charger capable of receiving AC power. The charging port could have different fittings depending on where you are in the world. Even the same vehicle model sold in different countries could have different implementations.
|Type 1 (SAE J1772 or "J Plug")
This plug is common in Australasia, Asia, the US and Canada.
|Type 2 (IEC 62196 or "Mennekes")
This plug is common in Europe.
Only available in some public chargers, this uses DC power to charge the battery directly. Each EV has a maximum speed at which it can be charged, and batteries are only fastcharged up to 80% capacity to ensure battery health. There are a number of different port configurations.
Many fast chargers will have multiple connectors, and power capacity (which is increasing as the technology improves).
CCS (Combined Charging System)
CCS ports are a combination of the slow charging port and an extra 2-pin socket. Therefore they can be either Type 1 or Type 2.
Developed in Japan, the CHAdeMO is common in vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf.
Tesla developed their own fastcharge connector, although in some countries without proprietary Tesla chargers, the vehicle has a cable to adapt to CHAdeMO or Type 2 CCS.
How Fast Can An EV Charge?
Slow charging (home and public)
Slow charging is limited by the lower of: the EV's onboard charging speed, or the output of the wall-mounted charger you are plugged into. Charging speed is measured in kilowatts(kW). For example: your wall-mounted charger can output 32 Amps at 240 volts = 7.68 kW of power, however your EV's onboard charger is 6.6 kW - then that is the maximum speed. The higher the battery capacity, the more time it takes to charge.
DC fast chargers are being built with higher capacities, however this is still limited by the hardware limitations the EV manufacturer has placed on the battery. Most DC fast chargers start at 40kW (many have a much higher capacity).
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Passenger Capacity||92.4 cu-ft|
|Cargo Capacity||23.6 cu-ft|
Sales Numbers (USA)Data shown for all Nissan Leaf variations combined.
Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)
Nissan Leaf (2nd Gen) Pros & Cons
The 2018 Nissan Leaf comes with an increase in range (from 107 to 150 miles), and an upgraded battery (from 30 to 40 kWh). The electric motor has had a boost (from 80 to 110 kW).
The exterior design of the vehicle has been upgraded with a completely new front faschia.
Driver Assistance Features
ProPilot Assist will provide some semi-autonomy:
- Following the car ahead at a preset distance.
- Keep the car centered in its lane.
- Comes to a complete stop where necessary.
This level of autonomy is “hands-on” – if the vehicle does not detect hands on the the wheel, it will give a series of alerts to the driver.
Intelligent warnings – such as identifying a potential oncoming collision, alerting potential blind spots, auto-braking when reversing into an object
The Leaf also features the e-Pedal – reducing the foot pedals to effectively single pedal. There is still a brake pedal for emergency braking.
Three trims are available, the base model – Nissan Leaf S, along with the SV and SL.
Note: In different countries, the variations have different names and slightly different configurations.
|COUNTRY||Low End||Mid||High End|
Leaf SV (+2,500)
17″ aluminum-alloy wheels, quick charge port, intelligent cruise control, Apple Carplay / Android Auto.
Leaf SL (+6,200)
All SV features plus: Bose audio, leather seats, LED headlights, Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning.
Nissan Leaf – Long Range
Nissan intend to bring a longer range version of the LEAF to market in 2018 – with a larger battery pack.
Manufacturer Sales Pagewww.nissanusa.com
Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.