The new Nissan LEAF e+ has a driving range of 239 miles, and prices for the new top of the range Nissan LEAF e+ Tekna start from £35,895, including the £3,500 Government Grant.
The Nissan LEAF e+ has a newly-developed 62kWh lithium-ion battery pack which offers 55% more capacity and approximately 25% improvement in energy density while retaining a similar shape and size to the 40kWh LEAF battery pack.
Other than a 5-millimetre increase in the car’s overall height (based on 16-inch wheels), the car’s dimensions are unchanged.
This has given the LEAF e+ a significantly increased driving range of up to 239 miles (WLTP combined mode) on a single battery charge. Maximum power output and torque have been also improved to 217PS and 340 Nm, delivering more powerful acceleration performance.
With the more powerful motor, acceleration from 50mph to 75mph is nearly 13% quicker. The top speed (98 mph) has also increased from the 40kWh version by approximately 10%.
While the previous battery pack modules composed of eight laminated-structure cells, the new Nissan LEAF e+ uses a new battery module design that allows for cell modules to vary in number. The new battery module uses an innovative laser welding technique on the cell joints to reduce the overall length of the module. At the same time, by changing the number of lamination layers of the cell, an optimal module height that matches the shape of the vehicle can be achieved. The combination of these technologies has made it possible achieve high energy density efficiently inside the battery pack.
The key components for achieving this higher density and reliability are the ternary cathode material and laminated-structure cells (battery cells). Ternary cathode material, which has a layered structure, increases battery storage capacity by allowing lithium ions to be tightly packed (higher density). Laminated-structure battery cells have a high level of cooling performance and a simple structure, saving space and reducing the overall size of the battery pack.
All new LEAF versions come as standard with Nissan’s new NissanConnect infotainment system, with larger 8” touchscreen.
The Remote Climate Control functionality lets users pre-set air conditioning or heating while their LEAF is still plugged to the charging point, whilst information and analysis on trips and driving style can also be accessed from a smartphone.
The LEAF e+ is also equipped with ProPILOT as standard, an advanced driving assistance technology which works on single-lane highways. A ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system, it allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios.
Nissan says that the LEAF is equipped with charging safeguards to protect the battery during repeated rapid charging sessions in a short period of time. The time taken for successive rapid charging can take longer if the battery temperature activates the battery safeguarding technology.