Nissan LEAF e-Plus Test Drive: Add It To Your EV Buying Shortlist

MAR 1 2019 BY GARY LIEBER 73

More Than Keeping Up with the Times

As the Nissan Leaf enters its ninth year of production, it remains the best-selling battery electric vehicle (BEV) in history with more than 360,000 units sold globally since 2010. The electric car world is quite a bit different than it was back when there were only two EVs on the market. Nissan has upped its game to stay competitive in the near future when there are expected to be over 20 BEVs on the market globally.

 ***Editor’s Note: Nissan wanted us to drive the New Leaf Plus so bad that they flew us down to San Diego, put us up in a nice hotel and fed us and gave us a brand-new Leaf to drive.

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

More range, better ride, more high-tech features

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus builds on the second generation of the Leaf introduced last year, making it very competitive with every other BEV in the mainstream market. When considering a BEV, its range is always the first metric; the Leaf Plus joins the 200-mile range club with an EPA rating of 226 miles from a new 62-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery. Like the currently available 40-kWh battery Leaf, the Plus has the same three trim levels—S, SV and SL. The American-made Leaf Plus will be manufactured alongside the 40-kWh Leaf in Smyrna Tennessee.

***Editor’s Note: Our thanks go out to Gary Lieber and CleanFleet Report for allowing us to share this LEAF news update with our readers. Check out CleanFleet report here.

At press time Nissan had still not yet released pricing, but the Plus is widely expected to be priced very competitively with its two main 200 mile+ competitors, the Chevy Bolt, and Hyundai Kona EV. As soon as we receive pricing, we will update this story.

What’s New

The 2019 Leaf now comes in two battery sizes, the 40-kWh, 150-mile-range version, which remains unchanged, and is still the lowest-priced BEV on the market today, starting under $30,000, and the new 62-kWh, 226-mile-range version. But the battery wasn’t the only change.

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

More battery in almost the same package

The new battery fits into the existing undercarriage battery space and is just 40 millimeters taller. It is still passively cooled, but uses a new architecture and battery chemistry that allows lower cell resistance and cooler battery operating temperatures. The cell spacing is much denser with 288 cells in the battery pack, and stacks of cell pouches are three high vs. two high in the 40-kWh pack. Nissan has adopted a new cell laser welding process and lowered the cell resistance by dividing output/input current by a third to reduce pack heat. This new pack is an evolution of Nissan’s passive battery thermal management that has continued to increase pack reliability and long-term durability. The new pack architecture reduces its parts count and is cheaper to manufacture.

More Powerful Motor

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

The motors’s got more oomph

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus motor is the same size as the 40-kWh Leaf, but has been tweaked to add 46 percent more power. The new motor clocks in at 214 Horsepower (160-kilowatts) and 251 pounds-feet of torque. This extra grunt is immediately noticeable; putting the pedal to the metal crates a healthy dose of neck-snapping. While we weren’t able to check 0-60 in our test drive, we expect it to be at least 10 percent faster than the 40-Wh’s 7.4-second times. That could put the Plus in 6.6-sec. territory, which isn’t precisely Model 3 Performance mode, but is half as fast, which makes sense since the Plus will probably come in at half the cost of a Model 3 Performance (currently starting at $50,350). We will have to wait and see if you can actually buy two Leaf Plus’ for the price of one Model 3 Performance! Now that would be a real performance for your pocketbook. E-Pedal and multiple options for range or power control are standard on all Leaf Plus trim levels.

Faster DC Quick Charging Speed

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

Faster fast-charging comes along for the ride

The 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is compatible with the newest 100-kW peak CHAdeMO standards. This more powerful CHAdeMO is just now being rolled out. While it can offer peak charging of 100 kW, its nominal power is more like 70 kW. This added power will optimally allow the 62-kWh Leaf Plus to charge to 80 percent in 45 minutes vs. 1 hour with the old 50-W CHAdeMO chargers. The Leaf Plus also has the revised battery management system software that uses a less aggressive charge taper to make fast charging as efficient as possible. All Leaf Plus trim levels receive this new faster CHAdeMO capability. Level 2 240 V charging remains the same at 6.6 kW, and all Leaf Plus trim levels come equipped with the 110v-240 V EVSE standard.

Safety, Driver Assist, and Autonomous Features

The SL trim of 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus is fully equipped with every possible feature available on a Leaf today, including ProPILOT Assist (steering assist, intelligent cruise control), emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, high-beam assist and rear cross-traffic alert. These features are optional on the Leaf Plus SV.

New infotainment systems

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

The infortainment unit gets an upgrade, too

For all trim levels, the Leaf Plus offers an upgraded infotainment system that provides over-the-air (OTA) software and navigation updates. This update capability is the first step in Nissan offering vehicle software updates OTA. The infotainment head units offer a larger eight-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. The Infotainment interface is more customizable now with a better icon-based interface. The human-machine interface (HMI) is more intuitive with multi-touch gesture control like a smartphone. A feature of the infotainment system is Nissan Connect, which allows control of the vehicle for charging, cabin preheating and cooling, locking and unlocking as well as other optional subscription features. Nissan Connect EV is available through a smartphone or watch, and from home through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

A new Leaf driving experience

The first-generation Leafs were not exactly hot rods, though the instant torque and 100 percent power availability at 0 rpm compensated for that. The new 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus has recalibrated its driving dynamics. Not only is off-the-line performance much better (where you will get pinned in your seat on takeoff), but all of the handling and road dynamics are improved, too. The car is 286 pounds (130 kilograms) heavier and is slightly higher off the ground, but with those changes, the suspension was changed to give a much firmer, but not harsh, ride. Steering feel is much improved, but could be a bit firmer for our taste. Especially improved are driving dynamics in the 50-75 mph range to allow you to make that pass or quick lane change. Cutting and slicing through traffic with the Leaf Plus is very satisfying. On-ramp acceleration and merging into traffic is noticeably faster than with the Gen one and 40-kWh Leaf. We didn’t get to quantify 0-60 times, but our calibrated tush-o-meter indicated that it was in the mid-to-high six seconds. The drive quality on the new Leaf Plus is also improved. The car is significantly quieter than the 2018 40-kWh Leaf, not only in wind noise, but also road noise. The SV and SL still use Michelin tires, but they might be an improved compound. The SL and SV ride on 17-inch rims and the S stays with 16-inch rims and Bridgestone Ecopia tires.

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

The three trim-level lineup is all American-made

The Leaf Plus will also be cheaper to operate with its exceptional reliability and quality, plus a great warranty that covers not only workmanship, but also battery degradation. If public charging is essential for you, the Leaf Plus includes three years of free-charging with Nissan’s No Charge to Charge (NCTC) program that is available in 57 national Leaf markets with over 2,194 fast-charge locations. That covers over 92 percent of where Leaf’s national installed base is. There are also 792 Nissan dealerships in the U.S. that are Leaf-certified dealers; they have almost 400-fast chargers and 1,860 Level 2 chargers available for customer use.

Our short time with the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus was delightful. With the increased range, better driving dynamics and a quieter and more comfortable cabin, we believe Nissan has a winner on its hands.

As Clean Fleet Report did with the 2018 Leaf, we will be doing an extended range test with the 2019 Leaf Plus soon. We can hardly wait to tell you what we find.

The Competition

As of this writing, there are only three 200+ mile-range BEVs that can be considered alternatives to the Leaf Plus.

Chevy Bolt

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

Chevrolet Bolt

Pros:

Slightly longer range

More compact size

More torque

Cons:

Smaller size and harsher ride

Less cargo space with seats down

Slightly smaller interior

Less sophisticated semi-autonomous and safety systems

Slower charger

Higher price vs. standard equipment

Hyundai Kona EV

Pros:

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

The Kona is newest on the scene

Longer range

More torque

More compact size

Wider track

Longer warranty

Cons:

More expensive for equivalent features

Slightly smaller interior

Harsher ride

Less sophisticated semi-autonomous and safety systems

Less cargo space with seats down

Less performance and hpHP

Expensive public charging

Tesla Model 3

Pros:

2019 Nissan Leaf Plus

Expensive, but selling well

Sophisticated Autopilot option

Longer range

Larger battery

More powerful motor

Larger passenger compartment

National propriety public charging network

Faster acceleration

Longer wheelbase and wider track

Larger driver and infotainment display

Cons:

Significantly more expensive

A less capable infotainment system

Less cargo space

Trunk, no hatchback

Minimalist passenger compartment

Inconsistent vehicle reliability and quality of construction

Pricey public charging

Summary

The mainstream BEV customer is the Nissan Leaf Plus target customer. As with the 40-kWh Leaf, the Leaf Plus offers the best combination of price, value, features, size, range, durability and reliability. The 2019 Leaf Plus will start showing up at Nissan dealers nationwide on March 1. If you are considering a battery electric vehicle, then you must put the Leaf on your list to check out.

Source: Clean Fleet Report

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73 Comments on "Nissan LEAF e-Plus Test Drive: Add It To Your EV Buying Shortlist"

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Kona Ev has “less sophisticated and semi-autonomous safety systems”? I’m not sure that’s true. Unless there’s something really cracking good about the Nissan system that differentiates them they actually seem pretty equal.

Does Hyundai have a steering assist function comparable to Nissan’s Pro Pilot and full one pedal driving available like the Leaf? The intelligent mobility suite is pretty compelling from Nissan

Yes, Kona has very good autopilot that steers for you, I did a test drive in Leaf 40 kWh and it ping-ponged more than Kona in my experience. And Leaf lost sight of the lines more easily and turned off even in slight drizzle. That is true at least for European versions. Weird from Hyundai not to offer full LFA and LKA in US models if it is true.

I was not aware of this. The US model I think only has Lane Keep Assist not a lane follow function and it is not available in my state anyway.

The LEAF propilot should be available in all States. We went on a long trip last weekend and we tried out the propilot, I can see where it can be a safety feature if you drift off asleep it could save your live for sure. The LEAF is really best for regional commuting. It takes 30 to 40 minutes to get a 80% quick charge if you get the optional quick charger. We quick charged 3 times and it worked fine.

If you are a multicar family one of them should probable already be an EV. Lots of great new and used Evs out there now.

Yeah they both appear to be good family car choices. The Hynudai is untested yet and very limited supply and only available in CARB states in America. The LEAF is one the most reliable cars made for the last decade according to consumer reports. I know our LEAFs are impeccable quality. I was washing a LEAF the other day, 8 yo car, and the quality of the paint was perfect. very very nice car. We sold it to a old lady and her cat, LOL. She will never have to buy gasoline again for as long as she lives. We set it up for her to automatically charge to 80% each time. Perfect fit for her lifestyle. She got a 8yo LEAF with 50K miles and 12 bars, such a deal. It even had brand new LRR tires with a 700 tread wear so they should last her 65,000 miles. Charges to around 80-85 miles at 80%. Of course it only goes about 65 to 75 miles at 80% charge. Lots of stop signs and hills around here, that cuts your mileage. For each their own. make sure you get the best car for you finances and lifestyle and it… Read more »

The Standard Range Tesla Model 3 can now be ordered for $35,000.- and it simply is the best choice among all the available EV models.

Under $40,000 with 220 mile range and AP is pretty enticing.

The critical difference is that other vehicles are true hatchbacks … TM3 is not, no matter how large is the boot … it’s the opening. Plus the missing lease option …

Yes the tesla is the best performance choice and car for collectors. It is not the best choice for a family car.

What’s more important in a family car than safety?

Several EVs have 5-star safety ratings. Several EVs have never had a single person burn alive in them either. Three Teslas caught o fire last week just in America and one owner burned alive.

I mean, with Tesla’s announcement today on SR Model 3, what is the point of buying a LEAF?

I know that incentives are higher in the LEAF. But maybe Nissan won’t run out of incentives for few more years at this rate. =)

Nissan is going to have to offer some incredible lease deals or they wont sell any Leafs

A little too late for good leases…as you say, now they need to go from bad directly to incredible.

Leases for the LEAF start around $220. I personally would buy the car and take care of it. it will last forever.

Leases for the Leaf only start that low in specific markets. It also comes with a large down payment to get the advertised payment amount. It doesn’t include taxes, title, or license.

Here in Texas the S trim is $249 / month, but that’s with $4000 down and tt&l of another $2500. The SL trim is $375 / month with a total of 7k down. These are not good lease deals.

Unfortunately, no it won’t. Have you ever heard of battery degradation?

Maybe you want a hatch back. That’s about the only worthwhile differentiator.

Well for one thing the LEAF is a lot better family car, totally different market area.

I hate to be “that guy” but in the pros and cons of other cars, you neglected to mention the other cars have active thermal management. And that’s a BIG deal if you live in a hot climate.

This is a big point of contention and a concern with Nissan. Without evidence that they really got the battery thermals under control in hot climates leaves a big unknown for consumers on the long term reliability of the battery.

Well my 2012 LEAF has 80,000 miles and it still goes further than the rated range. 12 bars too. Great cars. The problem isn’t with a lack of thermal cooling, the problem is with poor maintenance and letting the car sit at 100% charge or 0% charge all the time. Charge to 80% unless you need the extra range. The new LEAFs batteries should last over 150,000 miles regardless of how you charge the car, great batteries.

Dudamus, do you live in a hot climate like Arizona or Texas? With summer time temperatures sitting well over 105 degrees for extended periods it puts a strain on the first gen Leaf batteries. Pretty much all first gen Leafs on the used market show a drop of a few bars even with modest mileage. If in three years we can look forward to a 20% or more degradation based on previous model years it does give a potential buyer pause. There is a lot to like about the Leaf as a package, but the battery in hot climates is a sticking point. Especially if you will have regular need to drive to the next city because of your kids performances, or work trips. If I need to take a 110 mile highway run the Leaf currently won’t manage that at highway speeds, and our charging infrastructure isn’t yet ready here to cover the gaps. The Leaf plus may make it in all weather conditions up front, but will it still provide a comfortable buffer in six years? These are the kinds of questions we have to consider. With other competitors in the space now available in that price bracket… Read more »

Well I live in a hot climate but not a dern hot climate. If you check out the battery university surveys you will see a lot of data that shows that if you can avoid 100% charges in the heat. like most Tesla owners do, and stick to 80% charges that heat will not adversely affect EV batteries. There is a lot of fake news circulating that Nissan LEAFs have a problem due to a lack of liquid cooling. The problem is with a lack of active cooling the problem is with a lot of trolls pooping on it. LEAF owners need to learn like other EV users to not let the car sit at 100% charge all the time.

Vancouver has a thriving market for used LEAFs brought up from the U.S. What I see are low mileage cars with full bars. Perhaps 1%-3% degradation per year. The issue is that we have anecdotal stories but little evidence. The problems with the 2011/12 LEAFs has spawned an urban legend. Like how Mazda’s rust-out in Canadian winters. Or Tesla batteries are prone to thermal runaway.

By your calculations, 20% degradation in 3 years, every LEAF will require warranty replacement under their 8 year / 160,000 km warranty. That’s unlikely.

But LEAF got heat pump! =)

Just throwing Leaf fans a bone.

With the killer announcement of Model 3 SR version. The sales of all other EVs in this class will be depressed for 2019 in the US, maybe longer.

True. The heat pump is a huge advantage.

Nissan engineers have assured me that the Leaf simply does not need thermal management, because reasons.

Because Batteries behave differently in Japan…..

How long before the Model 3 is the best selling EV globally? Maybe by the end of this year or early 2020???

Well the Smyrna TN battery plant actually had the better lizard chemistry first. Great batteries that’s when Nissan increased the warranty from 60K to 100K miles.

The batteries do not heat up. We took our 2018 LEAF for the r=first road trip last weekend and went through 3 quick charges it didn’t heat up at all. We drove 100 miles at 65mph, it didn’t heat up at all, I watched the battery temp. Now what I want to know is how did they get he LEAF battery to heat up 30C from -5C in the rapidgate video after driving 60 miles at 50 mph. Its a hoax.

It’s not 2011 anymore. Is there any evidence that this is a BIG deal?

There is absolutely no evidence that active cooling has anything to do with battery longevity other than preventing the battery from catching on fire. There is a lot of evidence that cars with active cooling catch on fire. Three Teslas have burned in the past 2 weeks, one owner was burned alive. Avoid the 18650 batteries, stick with the gigafactory batteries.

This is really a whole lot of fake news, time to let that rest. There has never been any study that suggest active cooling will improve battery longevity. There are dozens of studies that indicate charging a LION battery to 100% is bad for your battery.

This, this is the #1 reason I am not considering a leaf. I hate the roof of the Tesla, because I live in Texas, and there is no way that huge glass roof is gonna work for me, so the leaf was what I wanted but I just can’t. Hyundai or Kia is gonna get my buy, whoever can figure out getting me one for the stated price without dealer markup first.

If you like the Tesla you can always get the roof wrapped and block out that sunshine. Right now… Well i was going to say you could get a good deal on a Tesla because of the big inventory they have but they fired all their sales staff and repair technicians yesterday apparently. Pretty hard to negotiate with a computer order system. It really looks like a last ditch desperation to avoid some serious problems, slashing prices and firing thousands of employees. They say they have 20,000 Tesla reservations, what are they going to do with the other 40,000 cars they made in the last month?

If you want a great performance car get a Tesla NOW.

Sounds like a plan Hyundai makes some good cars, very popular.

Nissan will have to drop their prices significantly after today’s Tesla announcement. A midrange Model 3 with autopilot can now be had for around the same price as the rumored prices for the Leaf Plus SL. The short range plus is going to be cheaper than the SV Plus. At this point I don’t see how Nissan can try and start the base Leaf Plus at anything more than the current 40kWh models. Otherwise trim for trim The Tesla is looking like a better buy. Better batteries, better navigation planning with chargers, supercharger network, etc… really makes the value proposition for the other automakers harder to make.

Mostly true, assuming you like black/black cars. But it still costs $4k-$5k for colors and wheels on M3, which is quite a differentiator.

True if you want the bigger wheels and color it’s an extra $1500 each, but I can live with 18’s. I would probably pick a different color. That midnight silver looks good. Still not a big jump in the grand scheme of a car loan.

If you want a great family car that is very reliable see if you can get one of the last remaining 2018 LEAF models. I saw SV models with the propilot for as low as $22K after incentives in Brimingham. I also saw Bolts for $6000 off a 2019 model in Gadsden. Both great small family cars.

Nissan sells every car they make, if they have too many LEAFs in inventory they just switch production to crank out a few hundred more Kicks or Rogues. They make several models on the same assembly line. They export those cars all over the world too. I do not really see any pressure for Nissan to drop their price unfortunately.

I look at the e-Plus, and with my brain I appreciate the specs, and the practical layout, and the effort Nissan has been putting in continuously improving the Leaf, and … I feel nothing. Am I the only one?

Perhaps you are wanting a performance collectors car. Have you looked at a Tesla or a Corvette. The LEAF is a family car, one of the most reliable cars ever built.

Why would anyone buy a piece of crap Leaf with no thermal management when a base Tesla Model 3 can be had for a cheaper price?

I guess because they believe all the trolls throwing mud at Nissan. You are comparing a Performance car with the most reliable family car ever made.

Cheaper? Maybe in the states, certainly not in Canada, and certainly not when you consider lease offerings which Tesla does not have … yet.

Secondly, Tesla is NOT a hatchback … doesn’t matter how large you will make the opening of the trunk to be …. it’s just not the same thing.

After reading the review I can see why they were so anxious to have you write it.

Can you please elaborate about the following Tesla cons?
– Significantly more expensive
– A less capable infotainment system
Thanks,

You are correct, these “Green” EV newsletters always make this out to be some sort of competition. They should not talk about any other cars if the article is about a LEAF.

Need a Model 3 comparison as that is the REAL competition.

There really is no comparison, if you want the best most reliable family car the clear choice is a LEAF. If you want the best performance collectors car the clear choice is a Tesla. It seems strange to me that people have a problem with those facts. Select the best cor for your needs. Whichever Ev you select be sure it has twice the range of your daily comute.

You keep saying “collector car” even though the Model 3 has already surpassed Leaf sales in 2018. Doesn’t that make the Leaf closer to being the collector car out of these two?

Will start showing upon March 1st — great timing by Tesla announcing the SR Model 3 — a day before that!!

Well inventory is stacking up and they are laying off thousands of employees. Great news for consumers but willTtesla pull through and survive?

I think the standard-range Tesla Model 3 just destroyed Nissan’s marketing plan for the long-range Leaf. Unless you really have to have a hatchback and can’t get a Niro.

Yip. And they’re destroying the Germans by removing the 75kw S and X from the market, so there’s a clear range differentiator at the top end.

Not really. You shouldn’t compare the two cars. The LEAFis the most reliable family car you can get, while the Tesla is the best performance car you can get. Find the best car that suits your needs.

I havn’t seen Nissan Advertise an EV since 2010, no it was the Superbowl in January 2011. Not sure how you can destroy something that simply does not exist?

Sure the new Leaf sounds great and I wish Nissan had done more with EV’s the past 8 yrs like an SUV or a small pickup … BUT can you repeatedly park the new Leaf in a 100 degree F parking lot on a sunny day for 8 hours at a time without significant damage to the battery occuring? People in Florida, Texas, GA, AL, NM, AZ, and CA need to know.

Absolutely. You can park any EV in heat up to 120F as long as you stay below 80% charge. Check out the battery university for their studies. IF you leave Tesla plugging in it has active cooling for temps above 113F and the Chevy has active cooling for temps about 96F. There are plenty of studies that demonstrate that charging your LION batteries to 80% will increase the longevity. That’s especially important for Tesla Model S and X that do not have a battery degradation warranty.

Active cooling is only as good as how far your extension cord reaches and how many days you have temperatures above 100F in the shade and how often you like to leave your car at 100% charge in temperatures above 100F Very simple to mitigate those problems if people would just read the instructions.

MY wife drive a LEAFs to work everyday in Birmingham Alabama and she parks in full sun every day. She bought those window rain shileds so she can leave her windows cracked 2 inches to let the heat out and she tinted her windows and got a sunscreen visor. That keeps the cabin 40F to 60F cooler and she doesn’t have to worry about thunderstorms. None of this has any effect on the battery of course since it is always in the shade underneath the car and buyt the time she gets to work it is below 80% charge. All three of our LEAFs have 12 bars, Her 2012 LEAF she just sold for $6500 has all 12 bars and 50k mile. The little lady that bought it will be able to take her cat to the vet for the rest of her life and never buy gasoline again. We set it up for her so it only charges to 80%. Great car if the your maximimun commute is only 10 miles. My daily commute is 38 miles and my 2012 LEAF is perfect. When you get an EV be sure to get one with twice the range of your… Read more »

The short answer is absolutely, just make sure your EV is below 80% charge. My wifes LEAF seemed immune to the heat, she charged nightly to 80% and by the time she got to work she was around 50% charge. She had full sun parking where she worked. The battery never gets hot though since it is in the shade under the car.

I know the LEAF is a great car, but do not be disappointed if it or any EV is beyond your price range. All you need in a good EV is twice the range of your daily commute, you need that range for extra errands, heat and AC. If you can use your EV in the 20-80% charge range most of the time and save 100% charges for trips out of town you do not need a new LEAF. there are plenty of used EVs including LEAFs, BMWs, Chevys, Fords, Fiats, etc. Used EVs are a great purchase. For example, my LEAF I bought in 2011 might last a lifetime because my daily commute is 38 miles mostly all back roads. A perfect application. My wife bought a used 2018 LEAF because we like to attend EV shows and tell people about the virtues of All Zero Emission vehicles. She saved thousands buying a used EV. Lots of great brands to choose from now, even plug in hybrid vehicles if you are in an apartment or you drive out of town a lot.

The high angle picture of the car looking at the right front looks really sharp. Good shot. I accidentally bumped a deer last night in my old LEAF right front. She flipped and got up and ran away. I know better but I wasn’t paying attention. I hope she wasn’t hurt. It bent in my fog light about half an inch. other than that you cannot tell I bumped her. I hope I can just bend it back out.. I love my 2012 LEAF. I had to wait 18 months for it, best and last Datsun/Nissan car I will ever need. I know a lot of people are waiting for the inexpensive 220 mile Model 3. You will love the car when you get it. Set up a 20-80% charge regimen and save those 100% charges for trips to Grannys house and the battery might last a lifetime.

TeslaBjørn test it extensively and put propilot as second best after tesla. It’s after all ap1 made by mobileye.

Big mistake by Nissan to have no active battery cooling. Larger battery might increase rang, but for longer road trips, battery will overheat during charging and at 3rd charge session you’ll be down to 30-35 kW if not less. Hard to understand how Nissan still doesn’t get this, is it really so difficult to engineer active cooling into their battery packs?

This was so written before Thursday, 5PM EST.

Better idea, how about the EV buyer NO list. No active thermal management, let the European buyers take it. Nissan just keeps dropping the ball. Tesla is going to kill the leaf with the standard range 3. Good riddance, they squandered whatever advantage they had and with Ghosn in jail seems like a corporate hit job to me.

Excellent car. Families will love their leafs for generations. Earlier reports I read mentioned level 2 charging up to 22kW. 11 would have been nice to try and get home charge times below 8 hours. I hope Nissan and the others all sell a million EVs this year.

Meanwhile Alabama is proposing the highest EV and hybrid road taxes in the Nation to go along with the nations greatest solar penalties.