Details On 2015 Nissan LEAF Released – LEAF S Priced From $29,010

JUL 8 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 44

No Range Or Efficiency Changes According to EPA

No Range Or Efficiency Changes According to EPA

Nissan has finally released all of the details on the 2015 LEAF.

Get ready for some serious 2015 LEAF pricing, specs and options overload.

*Note: Most changes are minor, with the exception that all 2015 LEAFs come with the hot “lizard” battery and that the LEAF’s quick-charge option now costs significantly more.

For some background articles on the 2015 LEAF, follow the various links below:

2015 Nissan LEAF Soldiers On Without Increase In Range, No Change In Efficiency

Exclusive: 2015 Nissan LEAF – New Color Choice, But No Range Changes

2015 Nissan LEAF Priced Slightly Higher In Canada, Arrives This Month

Here goes that 2015 LEAF overload…

2015 Nissan LEAF Pricing

2015 Nissan LEAF Pricing

specs 1 specs 2 specs 3 specs 4 specs 5 specs 6 specs 7 specs 8 specs 9 specs 10We warned you that it would be a LEAF overload, right?

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2015 Nissan LEAF – Affordable, Sustainable Mobility

Nissan LEAF was introduced in December 2010, as the world’s first affordable, zero emission car for the mass market. With that formula, consumer adoption has taken off, making LEAF the world’s best-selling, 100-percent electric vehicle.

For 2015, Nissan LEAF continues to make it “easy to be green,” offering the space and range to meet everyday needs, while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower operating and maintenance costs and a starting price after tax incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car.

Along with saving money, Nissan LEAF buyers are discovering its value as a primary everyday vehicle – with High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) access (check local regulations), range that is more than twice the average driver’s daily need* and LEAF’s fun-to-drive instant, smooth acceleration and handling character.

The estimated driving range for the 2015 LEAF on a fully charged battery is rated by the EPA at 84 miles and MPGe ratings are 126 City, 101 Highway and 114 Combined.

In addition to zero tailpipe emissions and convenience of charging at home, LEAF drivers enjoy a smooth, quiet ride with its running noise of just 21 decibels measuring less than a typical ceiling fan (26 dB).

The 2015 Nissan LEAF is available in three trim levels: LEAF S, SV and SL, along with option packages offering advanced systems such as Around View® Monitor and Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system. Enhancements for 2015 include a new MorningSky Blue exterior color (late availability), the addition of Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and Voice Destination Entry for SV and SL grades, and new standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for the SV grade (late availability). Also, the base LEAF S grade receives standard “B-Mode,” which engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating. All 2015 LEAF models include three drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode.

A Dedicated Electric Vehicle (EV) Platform, Innovative Battery Design
The front-wheel drive LEAF uses a dedicated EV platform with batteries housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution. The body design includes a rigid-mounted battery frame, which helps provide greater body rigidity compared to a conventional compact car.

LEAF rides on a 106.3-inch wheelbase, with a 175.0-inch overall length, 69.7-inch width and 61.0-inch height. Nissan LEAF provides room for five adults and 24 cubic feet of cargo space. Placing the batteries in the floor of the vehicle provides optimum weight distribution to help enhance handling and allows for five-passenger seating by not intruding into the cabin space.

LEAF’s 24 kWh lithium-ion battery pack contains 48 compact modules of four cells each (192 cells total), which allows a high degree of packaging flexibility. The batteries are designed to maximize driving range and minimize charging time. Unlike conventional cylindrical batteries, the thin, compact laminated cells offer more flexibility in design applications. The battery powers a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor, rated at 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, which drives the front wheels through a single-speed reducer.

Nissan LEAF offers a number of charging options. A charge port is located in the front body for the 240V charger and portable trickle-charge cable (110V). A charge port light and lock are standard. The available Quick Charge Port (standard on SL, optional on S, SV) allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at public charging stations using a CHAdeMO fast charger. There is also a standard photovoltaic solar panel spoiler on SL models, which supports charging of the 12-volt battery for vehicle accessories.

LEAF SV and SL grades feature a 6.6 kW onboard charger that require less than five hours at 240V for a full charge. The system is an option on LEAF S, which in standard form utilizes a 3.6 kW onboard charger. All LEAF models come with a standard portable trickle charge cable.

Unlike a conventional internal combustion engine, LEAF has 100 percent of its torque available from start, delivering smooth, consistent acceleration and driving feel similar to a conventional V6 engine. Smooth ride and handling are provided through use of an independent strut suspension with stabilizer bar in front and a torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar. Nissan LEAF utilizes a vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering system, while responsive braking is provided by power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

The standard regenerative braking system in LEAF helps increase range. By applying the brakes or reducing speed by letting off the accelerator, the electric motor acts as an electric generator, converting energy that would otherwise be wasted into battery energy. The “B-mode” (standard on all grades) allows the driver to engage an even more aggressive level of regenerative braking while decelerating, such as when going down hills. B-mode is offered in addition to the normal and Eco drive modes. Eco mode increases regenerative braking, assists in limiting motor output and reduces HVAC power output.

Because Nissan LEAF does not have an internal combustion engine, Nissan has incorporated an “Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians” system, which is designed to alert pedestrians that a vehicle is approaching. When driving at low speeds, the system emits a sound from a speaker at the front of the vehicle. When the vehicle’s speed reaches 19 mph, pedestrians are able to hear the car moving and the “approaching sound” automatically turns off. If the vehicle speed drops below 16 mph, the sound comes on again.

Exterior Designed for “Smart Fluidity”
The uniquely styled Nissan LEAF exterior features a fusion of sophisticated aerodynamic management with the design freedom provided by the EV layout. The smooth, elegant movement of the body starts from the low, compact hood, moves through the iconic shoulder character line and on toward the large rear spoiler.

The distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting headlights. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag.

LED low-beam headlights, which consume about half of the electricity of halogen headlights, are standard on LEAF SL and optional on SV. Heated outside mirrors are standard on all grades. In the rear, the slim-type aerodynamic LED taillight design and crisp corners combine with the aerodynamic rear bumper with rear diffuser to manage the aerodynamics of the rear end without compromising rear interior roominess. Nissan LEAF’s coefficient of drag is 0.28.

The exterior also utilizes a flat underbody (including a large front flat floor cover, electric motor area undercover, front undercover and rear diffuser with fins) to help manage airflow under the vehicle. An innovative vortex-shedding, roof-mounted antenna is one of many design elements used to help reduce wind noise. Other noise-reduction features include a quiet-operation windshield wiper motor, a sound-insulation windshield design and a dual-isolated, motor-mounting system. The five-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment.

Two different wheel designs are offered: 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers for LEAF S and split five-spoke, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for LEAF SV (late availability) and SL. Bridgestone Ecopia 205/55R16 all-season tires are used with the S grade, while 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires are standard on SV (late availability) and SL.

Seven exterior colors are available: Gun Metallic, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Cayenne Red, new-for-2015 MorningSky Blue (late availability), and Glacier White and Pearl White are now available on all trims (late availability)

Distinctive “EV Touch” Interior
The roomy Nissan LEAF interior offers a pleasingly modern design with a bright, welcoming atmosphere. The wide, high tech instrument panel design is dominated by a twin combination meter display in front of the driver and a center “floating” C-stack with a 4.3-inch color LCD display (S grade). A 7.0-inch display is standard on SV and SL grades. The digital “eyebrow” display at the top of the instrument panel provides high visibility for the Eco indicator and speedometer, while the lower liquid crystal meter display houses the percentage style state-of-charge meter, power meter, battery temperature gauge, multi-function display, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge and distance-to-empty display.

The flat panel center C-stack cluster includes the color monitor for the standard RearView Monitor and control of the audio and climate systems, as well as the Nissan Navigation system (standard on SV and SL) and Around View® Monitor (available on SV and SL). The display also provides access to the CARWINGS telematics system (standard on SV and SL), which is connected to a Nissan data center, (subscription required, no charge for 36 months).

Nissan LEAF drivers can use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on climate control and set charging functions remotely via the available CARWINGS telematics system (SV and SL models only), even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start the charging event (standard on all grades).

Standard on SV and SL grades is the Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). EV-IT highlights include an “Eco route” feature for the available navigation system that includes suggested power-saving alternative routes, plus Google® local search, Pandora® link for iPhone® and iPod® cover art. The system also displays “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations.

The Google Places search function allows LEAF owners to look for area restaurants, shops and other points of interest and browse user reviews using Google’s POI database to get the most up-to-date information at all times.

Added to the EV-IT system for 2015 are Voice Destination Entry (VDE) and Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant (part of NissanConnectSM), drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond via voice recognition, or via the steering wheel switches using pre-set answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay” or a custom message.

The 2015 Nissan LEAF interior also includes standard heated front bucket seats and a 60/40 split folding heated rear seat and rear HVAC duct. LEAF SV seat fabric is made with partially recycled materials. Recycled materials are also used for the back door trim, roof trim and headliner, carpeting and a number of other interior pieces such as the door panels and center console storage cover. LEAF SL includes standard leather-appointed seats. Rear cargo space measures a full 24 cubic feet with the 2nd row seat upright. There is 30 cubic feet of cargo space with the standard 60/40-split rear seat folded down.

The center console area includes the palm shifter for the “by wire” drive selector. The standard heated, three-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel houses controls for cruise control (now standard on all grades), audio system and standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) is also standard, with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver standard on SL models.

Three audio systems are offered, starting with an AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, four speakers and 4.3-inch color LCD display for LEAF S. LEAF SV and SL add two additional speakers, the 7.0-inch display and Pandora® link for iPhone®. The Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system is part of the Premium Package option on SV and SL grade vehicles.

Two interior colors are offered: Black (S, SV, SL) or Light Gray (SV only).

Standard LEAF safety systems include Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection, three-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters, child seat upper tether anchor, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system and child safety rear door locks. Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) are also standard on all LEAF models.

Three Well-Equipped Models, Three Option Packages
The 2015 Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped models, the LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL. Standard features include a six-way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger’s seat, trip computer (instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range), Automatic Temperature Control (ATC), center console storage, RearView Monitor and 3.6 kW onboard charger. Other standard equipment includes Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start, power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down, power door locks with auto locking feature, remote charge door release, two cupholders, four bottle holders, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a 12-volt power outlet and 16-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers.

The Nissan LEAF SV model adds Nissan Navigation system, 7.0-inch color LCD screen, CARWINGS telematics, six-speaker audio system, Pandora® link for iPhone®, 6.6 kW onboard charger, a hybrid heater system that provides superior cold weather performance while consuming less energy, auto-dimming inside mirror, partially recycled cloth seat fabric, passenger side map pocket and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (late availability).

The 2015 LEAF SL model adds a photovoltaic solar panel spoiler, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, cargo cover, HomeLink® Universal Transceiver, Quick Charge Port, leather-appointed seats and LED low beam headlights.

Three option packages are offered, allowing buyers to further select the exact equipment and features for their needs. The Quick Charge Package (S grade only) includes the 6.6 kW onboard charger and Quick Charge Port. The LED Headlights + Quick Charge Port Package (SV grade only) includes LED low beam headlights, auto on/off headlights, fog lights and Quick Charge Port. Finally, the Premium Package (SV and SL grades) offers the advanced Around View® Monitor and Energy Efficient Series Bose® seven-speaker audio.

A Roadside Assistance program is offered for 36 months at no charge, as is service for the CARWINGS telematics system. The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive limited warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under an expanded New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty, Nissan will protect against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The 2015 Nissan LEAF is assembled in the United States at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant, with battery assembly taking place next door in the country’s largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant. Nissan is currently the only automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

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Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. The 6.6kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim.

* Source: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).

At A Glance: 2015 Nissan LEAF

For the 2015 model year, Nissan LEAF continues to surprise first-time buyers with its ease of ownership – offering the space and range to meet every day needs, while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower maintenance costs and a starting price after tax incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car.

Already the best-selling 100-percent electric vehicle in the world, Nissan LEAF’s popularity and sales continue to soar as more and more people discover its quiet and fun driving experience. Along with its no tailpipe emissions, LEAF helps reduce city noise pollution with its running noise of just 21 decibels measuring less than a typical ceiling fan (26 dB).

For 2015, Nissan LEAF is again available in three trim levels: LEAF S, SV and SL, along with option packages offering advanced systems such as Around View® Monitor and seven-speaker Bose® energy-efficient audio. Enhancements for 2015 include a new MorningSky Blue exterior color (late availability), the addition of Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and Voice Destination Entry for SV and SL grades, and new standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for the SV grade (late availability). Also, the base LEAF S grade receives standard “B-Mode,” which engages regenerative braking more aggressively while decelerating. All 2015 LEAF models include three drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode.

The EPA estimated driving range for LEAF on a fully charged battery is rated at 84 miles and MPGe ratings are 126 City, 101 Highway and 114 Combined. Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a fast charger. Charging at home through a 240V charging dock is estimated to take less than five hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger (less than eight hours with the S grade’s standard 3.6 kW onboard charger).

All LEAF models feature an advanced lithium-ion battery pack that contains 48 compact modules. The battery pack powers a high-response, 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that consumers often expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF has no tailpipe, which means there is no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases.

LEAF’s lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive limited warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The distinctive exterior styling of Nissan LEAF is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting halogen headlights. LED low beam headlights and fog lights are standard on LEAF SL models, optional on SV. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag.

Other exterior features include standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charge port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle, with a standard light and door lock feature. The five-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. The aerodynamic design results in a low coefficient of drag of just 0.28.

Nissan LEAF drivers can use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on climate control and set charging functions remotely via the available CARWINGS telematics system (standard on SV and SL), even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start and stop charging (standard on all grades).

The digital instrument panel in LEAF includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance-to-empty display and Eco indicator. A percent state-of-charge display is featured in the trip computer. The standard monitor also displays “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations.

The Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately) is standard on SV and SL grades, along with the Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant that allows drivers to manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or eyes off the road.

All 2015 Nissan LEAF models include standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and RearView Monitor. Nissan’s advanced Around View® Monitor system, which helps provide a virtual 360-degree view of objects around the vehicle, is offered as part of the Premium Package for SV and SL grades. The Premium Package also includes the seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system. Nissan LEAF safety systems include six air bags, four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

LEAF is assembled in the United States at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant, with battery assembly taking place next door in the country’s largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant.

Highlights of the 2015 Nissan LEAF include:

Body

Body designed for aerodynamic efficiency with 0.28 coefficient of drag
106.3-inch wheelbase, 175.0-inch overall length, 69.7-inch width, 61.0-inch height
Standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser
Aerodynamically shaped headlights (standard LED low beam on SL grade, optional on SV) designed to help reduce drag and wind noise
Slim-type aerodynamic LED taillights
Available fog lights (standard on SL, optional on SV)
Available automatic on/off headlights (standard on SL, optional on SV)
Body-color front and rear bumpers
Charge ports located above front grille
Standard charge port light and door lock
Portable trickle charge cable (110V)
Available photovoltaic solar panel spoiler (standard on SL)
Dual power remote-controlled heated outside mirrors
Chrome outside door handles
Fixed vortex-shedding roof antenna
Seven available exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Pearl White and new MorningSky Blue (late availability); Glacier White and Pearl White now available on all trims (later availability)

Motor and Driveline

Front motor/front-wheel drive
Single speed gear reducer
Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion battery with 48 compact, four-cell modules
High-response 80kW AC synchronous motor
107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
3.6 kW onboard charger (LEAF S)
Available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 240V charging time nearly in half to less than five hours for a full charge (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
84-mile EPA estimated range on a fully charged battery (battery capacity decreases with time and use; actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age)
Available Quick Charge Port – allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at fast-charging stations (standard on SL, optional on S and SV)
Shift-by-wire drive selector
Three standard drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode
Standard battery heater
Standard Hill Start Assist

Suspension, steering and braking

Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar
Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
Regenerative braking system, allowing LEAF to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery
Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
16-inch steel wheels with full covers with 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia all-season tires (S grade)
17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires (SV grade late availability, SL grade)
Tire repair kit

Interior Features

Modern interior design with “floating” C-stack
Five-passenger seating capacity
Six-way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger’s seat
Available seat fabric partially made with recycled materials (SV)
Available leather-appointed seating (SL)
Heated front and rear seats
60/40-split folding rear seat
Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
Rear HVAC duct
Available passenger seat pockets (SV and SL)
High quality gauges with unique EV-IT design for intuitive communication with driver
Digital gauges: Speedometer, battery temperature, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display, Eco indicator, outside temperature gauge
Standard trip computer (percent state-of-charge, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range)
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
Available hybrid heater system (standard on SV and SL)
Center console storage
Palm shifter
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback capability and four speakers (S), standard six-speaker system on SV and SL
Available seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system (SL)
Auxiliary input jack and USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices
Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start
Power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down
Power door locks with auto locking feature
Remote charge door release
Two cupholders (front center console), two bottle holders (door panels)
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
12-volt power outlet
Front and rear assist grips
Floor and trunk carpeting
Available cargo cover (standard on SL)
Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
Available Nissan Navigation System (standard on SV and SL)
Available Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and Voice Destination Entry (VDE) (standard on SV and SL)
Available CARWINGS telematics, allowing for remote connection to vehicle – monitor battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event, turn on HVAC system (standard on SV and SL)
Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
Standard Roadside Assistance program (no charge for 36 months)
Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (standard on SL)
Standard RearView Monitor
Available Around View® Monitor (optional on SV and SL)
Two available interior colors – Black (S, SL); Black or Light Gray interior (SV)

Safety and Security

Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
Three-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters
Child seat upper tether anchor
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
Child safety rear door locks
Energy-absorbing steering column
Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
Side door guard beams
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Traction Control System (TCS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
Vehicle Security System (VSS)

Models and Manufacturing

Offered as three well-equipped models: Nissan LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL
Assembled in Smyrna, Tenn.
Batteries assembled in Smyrna, Tenn.

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*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. The 6.6kW onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim.

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44 Comments on "Details On 2015 Nissan LEAF Released – LEAF S Priced From $29,010"

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ggpa

I find the list hard to follow.

Unless I am mistaken, it seems that
– B-mode is now included in S models also.
– charge package in included in SV/SL, even though charge time for SV does not show that

Sublime

Yes, B mode on all trim levels.
QC port only standard on the SL.
6.6kW charger standard on SV/SL.
3.3kW charger standard on S.

Assaf

Charge – not quite…. the SV comes with 6.0kW but *not* with QC, which you need to purchase bundled with LED headlights, just like the 2014.

Fortunately, that package’s price hasn’t change while the S charge package (which is both 6.0kW and QC) has been bumped up by ~$500, not surprising as this has been one of the most popular choices.

Watch out also (I didn’t notice till now!) that heat pump climate control is *not* there on the S. Again, same as 2014.

As to 17″ vs. 16″ wheels if anyone’s curious: I posted a q on mynissanleaf, and the mavens there were of the opinion that in terms of range it’s a wash, with several opposing factors largely cancelling each other out.

David Murray

Hmm.. I had heard rumors that Nissan would quite literally make the QC standard on all Leafs. But I guess not. I would have hoped they’d at least make the 6.6 kW charger standard, but that appears to not be the case either. However, it is standard on 2 of the 3 trim levels and even the S model in many cases has the “charging package” so I am guessing that probably 90% of Leafs are coming with the 6.6 kW charger now.

Sublime

It might not be standard, but at least in my market (ATL), you’re getting the QC port unless you special order. The dealers like them, because they can charge up new cars much faster.

Assaf

mmm… interesting!

Aaron

That sure would have made it nicer to drive my i-MiEV home from the dealership. We L2 charged it, and by the time all the bullsh… erm, paperwork was done, I had 1/2 battery to make it home.

Anderlan

An EV that can’t avail itself of the thousands of 6kW chargers in the wild, and can’t avail itself of any of the widespread DC quick charge standards (Chademo, SC) does not deserve to live. 😉

Anderlan

I.E.: Who the heck buys a 3kW AC (and ZERO kW DC) LEAF?

Brian

This guy did. Back in 2012, anyway. There are still zero CHAdeMO quick chargers within 150 miles of me, and 6kW public chargers aren’t really located anywhere that helps me either (either too close to home, or at a Nissan dealer with nothing nearby).

A “3kW AC (and ZERO kW DC) LEAF” is still a great commuter/local car if the range works for you. The car recharges at night, and you have 84 miles to play with every day. And for the price, you can’t beat it!

Lou Grinzo
Have to agree. My leased Leaf S has been charged at 120v/overnight ever since I got it (3/2013), and it works great for my wife and me. We’ve had only 3 or 4 times when we were even moderately inconvenienced by not having quicker charging options, and none that were serious problems. I would say that the QC capability, or even 240v charging, aren’t that big a deal for most current and near-future leaf owners. Yes, I’m sure there are individuals who really need higher charge rates so they can use a Leaf for range-stretching commutes and recharge at work; but I’m guessing that the overwhelming number of Leafs are still seeing short commute/second car duty, like mine. Now that we’ve seen what the cost is to replace a Leaf battery, my wife and I are seriously considering replacing our leased Leaf with a purchased 2015 in March. We’d be fine with the range and even the slovenly recharge times. And if that means we can avoid paying for the QC option or even to have an electrician put in a 240v EVSE in our garage, so much the better. (Figure out how far you can drive a Leaf for… Read more »
Assaf

I have to tell you both that once QC infrastructure *does* appear, it does make a huge difference regarding how you can use and perceive your Leaf.

So getting a QC port is a good future-proofing for your Leaf, if and when it is used in a region with reasonably dense QC infrastructure.

The 6kW L2’s usefulness does depend more upon your routine, but since in all cases getting QC means you already get 6kW, there is no decision to make here anyway 🙂

Ocean Railroader
Lately about the idea of buying a used EV I have been looking more into the spread of Quick Chargers across the places I like to travel too. Such as right now I plan to use the low range EV for local driving. But there are a few places that are two or three times farther away from the house then the EV’s range I would like to drive the EV to save gas. The solution to this is ether they come out with a double energy battery pack that I could swap out the older EV’s battery pack for. But most likly some EV Fast Charging company will come in and add a few DC Fast Chargers between some of the places I want to go to. A example of this is I sent the Virginia Department of Transportation a email about replacing the 120volt level one electric car charging station with a DC Fast Charger. The level one EV charger is at one of their rest areas. I asked them if they could call up some of the Level Three EV DC fast charger companies if they would come in and add a fast charger to the rest… Read more »
JackDFW

I like that the S comes with cruise…I miss cruise in my 2013 S model.

Now they just need to make heat pump heater standard.

juan

with 6 months left on my two year lease i have never used the cruise control, only been on a highway twice since we got her.

Assaf

I knew it would come this week! The way the Puget Sound dealerships were pushing the Leaf on July 4th weekend, it was clear it’s a matter of days before the 2015 is announced and 2014 has to be sold at an even greater markdown.

Chris O

Once Nissan hinted at much improved range for the 2015 model. Alas that was postponed to 2017. Just in time to keep the Leaf competitive with Model E I suppose.

Brian

I believe the heat issue caught them off guard, and Nissan had to put their time and money into developing the Lizard battery. This, in turn, delayed the next generation battery.

Ocean Railroader

I guess I don’t have to worry about wasting $29,000 dollars on a 2015 leaf when I can get a 2012 or a 2011 leaf with the exact same features for under $14,000.

This a classic example of EV range laziness were there is no completer willing to raise the EV range bar. When will we get out of the 80’s range with someone?

Aaron

You’re comparing the non-subsidized 2015 price versus the subsidized used 2011/2012 price. For those of us who live in hot climates, the lizard battery is worth it. Just yesterday, the outside temperature gauge on my i-MiEV registered 100°F, and it’s not even August yet.

Ocean Railroader

The reason why I compare it to the price with out the tax credit is I don’t think I make enough to get $7500 off of the car. I would most likely not get the tax credit it or only get a fraction of the money back.

If the Tax Credit was a rebate that you got back no mater how much money you don’t make I would count it.

Brian

Lease and then buy it out. There are some extra fees, but you get the $7500 credit. It worked out to be cheaper that way for me.

Anthony Fiti

One of the things I wasn’t expecting when this EV resurgence started back in 2010 was that the manufacturers wouldn’t incrementally improve their battery capacity and range.

The idea of big step-changes in the range of the cars leads to really weird sales patterns, and I think we see that now with the Volt – a new generation comes out in 12-18 months, and supposedly has a big step-change in the EV range and gas MPG, so now everyone who can wait is waiting. If manufacturers improved their batteries incrementally (~7% every 2 years) instead of larger 20% leaps every 6 years, they would be less susceptible to these demand swings as they get closer to releasing the next generation.

David Murray

Right now the EV customer is too intelligent and too informed. One of the reasons car dealers don’t like selling the things. They prefer the usual uninformed customer who buys on an impulse, or walks into a dealership with no idea what kind of car they want to buy, what it is worth, what it can be bought for, etc.

However, this will change. As more and more of the public eventually start buying plug-in vehicles they will be less and less informed and eventually car dealers will be selling what is “on the lot” even if something new is on the horizon.

Brian

True, but unfortunately that is not how battery development works. Improvements don’t come 8% every year, but rather 50% every 5 years.

If you were in Nissan/GM’s shoes, what would you do? You can pay for R&D but otherwise cannot make the technology proceed faster than it is. You work with what you’ve got and try to sell today’s tech.

Anthony Fiti

It seems that battery developments tend to be in a major, minor iteration cycle – you can get your baseline chemistry and then make small tweaks to it, but soon after you reach a point of diminishing returns on your time investment to the improvements it makes. LG and Chevy did that with the 2013 battery improvement, and now Nissan is doing that with the Lizard battery in the 2015 Leaf. But from here you have to go back and make larger adjustments to the chemistry to get larger improvements.

I was expecting it to be more iterative, after all in the time from 2008 through 2012, Panasonic was improving their 18650 cells on an annual basis from 2100mAh to 3100mAh, so that was the trendline I extrapolated.

danwat1234

There is also a small bump in usable capacity with the 2015Volt versus 2013 vs 2011/12 Volts.
17.1KWh instead of 16.5KWh instead of 16KWh.

Ocean Railroader

What doesn’t make sense is that you have EV’s driving around that came out in 2014 that have 80 mile battery ranges and are double the price. The BMW i-3 is a example of this it is double the price of a leaf but has the same range. It also got to come out in 2014 while the leaf came out in 2010.

I really think it’s the car makers themselves.

RedLeafBlueLeaf

Well, not exactly the exact same features. The 2013 had a lot of new features. And if you’re talking just about range the general consensus is that the 2013/2014 has in most situations a bit more range than the 2011/2012. The battery technology was adjusted – we haven’t been told all of the details but the recent announcement about the replacement battery price confirmed that the 2011/2012 battery was different than the 2013/2014.

George Bower

I don’t understand the second table.

quick charge is standard on the middle priced SV but not on the expensive SL?????

What does the l mean in that table.

Brian

I think you have that backwards – the Quick Charge Package (factory installed option) is available for the SV, but not the SL. The SL has the quick charger standard, hence no need for the package.

leafer

Where does this lizard battery info come from? where is it in the specs or in the press release? overload.

*Note: Most changes are minor, with the exception that all 2015 LEAFs come with the hot “lizard” battery and that the LEAF’s quick-charge option now costs significantly more.

?????????

Jay Cole

It comes from Brian Brockman, who is a senior exec at Nissan. We have referenced this battery in other talks with Nissan, and it is confirmed for 2015 MYs

John Hollenberg

While the Lizard battery is certain to be an improvement over the original battery, how much is a complete unknown. There are some tantalizing hints, but Nissan hasn’t released any data that shows what level of capacity retention is likely to be experienced by actual owners in different climates over different time spans. I am cautiously optimistic, but wouldn’t put my money on a big improvement given Nissan’s past failure to accurately predict battery longevity.

Jay Cole

This is a relevant point. We know the “lizard” battery is in play…but we have no specs/longevity estimates on it, other than it is an improvement.

As they say, time will tell. I’m sure someone in Phoenix will get their hands on one and drive/stress test the heck out of it…and we’ll be around to report on it, (=

ModernMarvelFan

For all we know that it could just be a marketing scam…

Until there is a lab data to prove that, it is just all wishful thinking.

Lithium ion battery fundamentally has temperature limit, regardless of the tweaking of the chemistry.

By making the thermal resistance lower from the cell to the casing can be also considered as “thermal improvement”. So, until there is 3rd party verfication, all that are just marketing talks.

Remember that Nissan is the one that claims there is a production shortage while they haven’t averaged more than 3,000/monthly sales number even though they claim that they have ramped up production to about 3,000/month. So, all that shortage talks were just “marketing scam”…

Aaron

Okay, maybe I will splurge and get an SV. I was looking at an S when my i-MiEV lease ends in January, but the price difference is minimal and the equipment is better. I wish I could get the non-navi/non-CarWings radio in the SV. I don’t care about the bells and whistles.

Assaf

SV + QC/LED would be my recommendation (just signed a lease for such a 2014 trim… hope to pick it up this weekend).

The differences with S seem quite material, range-wise. In particular, the heat-pump climate control, but also possibly the LED headlights and the aluminum wheels.

As to Carwings, took us about a year to hook into with our 2012 Leaf, and when we did I was sorry we didn’t do it earlier. In the winter if your car is plugged up, you can start the heat and defogging remotely some 5-10 minutes before getting into the car, and it runs mostly off the plug rather than your battery – rather awesome!

Finally, an L3 port “future-proofs” your EV to be road-trip viable once your region is saturated with ChaDeMo’s, which I think will eventually happen at least in regions where the Leaf is popular. Well worth the investment, if not for you then for whoever is the next driver of this Leaf.

Going SL… I really wouldn’t feel comfortable in leather seats and all the other luxury crap. Plus, I’m not sure larger wheels (standard with SL) don’t actually hurt your range.

Nate

I agree the SV + QC/LED looks like the best value for most people.

Just wondering, what are you going to do with your existing LEAF — will it be a lease return, are you selling it, or are you keeping it?

Also, does it lease out the best on a 2 year lease or a 3 year? I came close to leasing one last summer and the best quotes were on 2 year leases at 12k/year. At that point I wanted at least 3 years … and it was part of the reason I went toward a different model.

Aaron

The i-MiEV has an RF remote to turn on the pre-heating/pre-cooling. I like that solution better than the cellular-based CarWings. The LEAF S does have the ability to pre-heat/pre-cool using some controls to the left of the steering column (?).

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=15598

ggpa

Can somebody please explain how this works? So the 2015 models have been shipped to dealers for quite a while now, but the pricing is only announced today.

So
1) What if you bough a 2015 model yesterday?
2) Do the dealers have to go an put new Monroney stickers on all their cars?

krona2k

Not good, the QC should be free since it makes them more like a ‘regular’ car and is essentially a low cost option. Even the cost difference between a 3 and 6 kw charger is supposed to be negligible. I’m all for options for all the bells and whistles but I think optioning these fundamentals probably hurt EV sales in the long run.

EV

too much info for an ugly car

Lou

Although I can see where some posters are coming from when they mention that they see no real need for the QC option, nor even the 6.6 on board charger, I would certainly not be in that camp. Although I am unlikely to travel 125+ miles one way in one trip, I can cetainly see days where I would travel more than the “stated” 82 miles of range. Sitting somewhere for a few hours to charge at Level II is less attractive to me than spending 30 minutes at a QC station. Having the option to purchase the QC is great. If it is not relevant to your use of the car, no need to buy it. But for those who do, it’s a practical add on. Wish my I-MiEV had it, I really do.

Lou