autoTRADER Canada recently had the opportunity to test drive the all-new Nissan LEAF e+, which turns to be the most capable LEAF ever.
As all major stats were improved (battery capacity, range, power, torque, acceleration) the LEAF is now very attractive, practical, functional and a well-equipped electric hatchback.
Additionally, especially in Canada, there is not much concern over the battery degradation because of high temperatures.
The EPA range of up to 226 miles (364 km), at least in theory, should significantly expand the group of consumers who would feel comfortable with no range anxiety. The question is how it will sell since there are now at least several 200+ mile EVs to choose from?
Nissan LEAF e+ specs (vs. LEAF 40 kWh)
- 62 kWh battery (+55% capacity over 40 kWh, 25% more energy dense lithium-ion cells, similar size)
- 288 lithium-ion cells (compared to 192 cells)
- battery limited warranty of 8 years/160,000 km (whichever occurs first) is standard
- 364 km (226 miles) of EPA range (up 50% from 243 km/151 miles)
- 385 km (239 miles) of WLTP range in Europe (vs. 285 km/177 miles)
- 458 km (285 miles) of WLTC Japan range in Japan (vs. 322 km/200 miles)
- 570 km (354 miles) of JC08 range in Japan (vs. 400 km/249 miles)
- 160 kW electric motor (up from 110 kW) and 250 lb-ft (340 Nm) (vs. 320 Nm in 40 kWh version)
- 70 kW (100 kW peak) fast charging using CHAdeMO (vs. less than 50 kW)