The new 2016 Nissan LEAF is a pioneer amongst 100% electric cars. It's the smoothest automatic in the world. The Nissan LEAF’s lithium-ion batteries are more compact, durable and powerful than ever, the battery in the new 30 kWh model can travel up to 155 miles per full charge thanks to a higher density battery pack. The Warranty on the 30kWh has increased too, it's now 8years/100,000 Miles.
An optionally available 6.6kW on-board fast charger halves the time needed for a complete battery recharge and using the standard fitted Rapid Charger port an 80% charge from zero is possible in only 30 minutes.
There have been a number of improvements to the car's aerodynamics as well as other technical changes which all work together to improve the driving experience. The stylish headlight on the Nissan LEAF are designed to direct airflow away from the door mirrors helping to provide maximum aerodynamic efficiency and reduce wind noise. Standard on the Tekna and Black grades, the LED headlights also use half as much electricity as standard lights, saving battery power.
The cabin includes new seats which are redesigned for better support, the front seats now incorporate height adjustment and have been reshaped to provide up to 53mm more leg room for rear seat passengers. The driver and front passenger seats allow those in the rear to place their feet underneath them, increasing leg room.
The Nissan LEAF is now equipped with the latest evolution of the acclaimed Nissan ConnectEV infotainment system, this innovative feature allows owners to manage and remotely control functions within their LEAF from a computer or smartphone. The 7"-inch touchscreen allows you to zoom in and out of maps and flick between menus. And not forgetting the DAB radio now comes fitted as standard.
The highly responsive AC synchronous motor develops 80kW and features a number of new elements making it even more environmentally friendly and efficient. The new motor has had its intertia reduced by 5%, improving the overall efficiency of the unit. Increased performance with a top speed of 90mph and 0-62mph taking only 11.5 seconds.
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The electric vehicle charging network is expanding at an alarming rate across the length and breadth of the UK. With this level of commitment to sustainable and cheap motoring the worries you may have faced about range truly are a thing of the past.
There are currently three types of charging point being offered in the UK, the first is a 'slow' 13 Amp supply which will charge a battery to full in around 10 hours, perfect for overnight or home charging. The second is a 'fast' 32 Amp charging unit which can be found in large supply across the UK which can charge a LEAF in around 4 hours. Lastly there are 'rapid' chargers which are being installed at various service stations, shopping centres and built up areas all over the country and can charge your vehicle to 80% in only 30 minutes.