We move on to the Nissan Leaf, the Japanese manufacturer’s sedan.
AN ENGINE/BATTERY CHOICE TO MAKE
There are two models of the sedan: the Leaf and the Leaf e+. The first has a 100 kW (150 hp) engine and a 40 kWh battery, while the second version has a 160 kW (217 hp) engine and a 62 kWh battery.
It will therefore be necessary to choose between these two possibilities, knowing that they are both quite efficient at start-up (6.9 and 7.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h), better than the Renault Zoé and the Peugeot e-208.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NISSAN LEAF
The Nissan car is available in 5 versions for the Leaf model and in 2 models for its Leaf e+ model.
The 3 most accessible versions don’t have the right to many technologies, apart from the options that have become classic such as the navigation system or the reverse camera.
More money will then have to be spent to access technologies such as 360° vision, including blind spot control, sign recognition and ProPilot assisted driving (only available in the Techna version) which allows lane keeping and automatic Stop and Go in traffic jams. With these versions, there will also be more comfort inside the vehicle with heated seats and even a Bose audio system.
BATTERY LIFE AND RECHARGING
With its two different batteries, the Leaf obviously also has two different autonomies: 270 km WLTP for the 40 kWh version and 385 km for the 62 kWh version. The 62 kWh version is a little more than most electric cars, but the first one is smaller, but this can be quite sufficient depending on the use made by the owner.
There are several possible ways to recharge your vehicle.
First of all, at home it will be possible to plug directly into a household socket but it will then take more than 20 hours for a full recharge. The cable required for this connection will be delivered with the car.
There is also the possibility to connect to public terminals or to equip yourself with a WallBox for your home. However, even though most public terminals have a load capacity of more than 11 kW, the vehicle charging cable supplied with them, depending on the version, is only 6.6 kW. This means that the load will be longer than for some vehicles on the public bollards. As with a WallBox, it will take 7.5 hours for the smallest battery and 11.5 hours for the largest.
Similarly, the charging speed will also be lower than other vehicles on the quick-charging bollards. In fact, it will take one hour, whereas it is 30 minutes for the best ones and often remains less than 50 minutes.
HOW ABOUT NISSAN LEAF?
Depending on its version, engine and battery, the Nissan Leaf has very distinct characteristics. You’ll have to choose according to the battery and the use you want to make of the car. Indeed, it seems complicated to make long, regular trips with the smallest battery, especially since this one, in both versions, doesn’t have a very fast charge.
Depending on the version, with the 40kWh battery it will cost between 26900 and 33200 euros and for the 62kWh battery between 34800 and 36600 euros. These are still affordable prices for an electric sedan.
The Nissan Leaf in a nutshell
- A range of 270 or 385 km depending on the model.
- A price starting from 26900 euros.
- Recharging in 7.30 or 11.30 hours at home and in one hour on the 100 kW fast charging stations.
- A use for fairly short daily trips, and occasional larger trips.