Watch 2018 Nissan LEAF Accelerate To 60 MPH, Plus Top Speed

MAY 16 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 31

Let’s have look at the 2018 Nissan LEAF’s acceleration numbers.

As our readers are well aware, we often share acceleration and racing videos here at InsideEVs, but the Nissan LEAF is not generally the featured vehicle. It’s usually cars from that “other ” popular electric automaker. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited to be able to share some LEAF metrics with you.

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While the 2018 Nissan LEAF is not a performance car, it not only looks a whole lot sportier than the outgoing model, but it also packs a lot more punch. Nissan added 40 horsepower to the new model and it churns out a respectable 236 pound-feet of torque.

Based on Car and Driver’s instrumented test, the LEAF will take you on a zero-to-60-mph sprint in 7.4 seconds … not too shabby. Even more important when it comes to daily driving, the publication says it takes a mere 2.8 seconds to jump from 30 to 50 mph.

Based on the test in the video above, zero-to-30ish happens in 3.1 seconds, which is surely something that commuters will appreciate. The rest of the results are recapped below in the video description.

Video Description via 1001cars on YouTube:

This is the acceleration of Nissan Leaf 2018 (fully electric, 110 kW, 150 HP, 320 Nm) from 0-50 km/h, 0-60 mph, 0-100 km/h, 0-140 km/h and top/max speed.

The results:
0-50 km/h: 3.1 s
0-60 mph: 7.5 s
0-100 km/h in 8.0 s
0-140 km/h in 17.0 s
max speed in 18.6 s

80-120 km/h in 5.6 s
70-140 km/h in 12.4 s

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31 Comments on "Watch 2018 Nissan LEAF Accelerate To 60 MPH, Plus Top Speed"

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SparkEV

0-60 MPH in 7.5 seconds… Welcome to 2014 SparkEV (made in 2013).

Aaron

This isn’t a compliance car.

JP

Exactly, you have to compare similar cars. It’s really good numbers IMO, except accelerations above 120km/h but anyway, it’s way over the limit here in Canada

ModernMarvelFan

What is the “similar” comparison? Bolt? No, LEAF is slower. Model 3? No, LEAF is slower. Sure, against smaller battery EVs, it is faster. But that is why they are “smaller battery EVs”.

Battery size impacts the max power which impacts the acceleration.

Mint

The original BMW i3 got 170hp from a 22kWh battery. I bet the Ioniq battery can discharge 200hp, given that it can do sustained 70kW charging. One and a half Volt batteries would do 200hp, too. These examples are well above the motor power of most EVs with 30kWh batteries.

Conservative design decisions seem to be the biggest reason for lower power in EVs with smaller batteries, not battery limitations.

But the real question is why you’re creating this class of “smaller battery EVs”. Nobody decides to specifically buy an EV with a small battery. They buy the best EV for the money they want to spend.

The Leaf starts at $30k. No EV at this price range touches the performance of the Leaf, and that’s the bottom line.

Asak

If you compare to similar fuel efficient vehicles like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Prius then it stacks up pretty well.

SparkEV

If 5 year old “compliance car” is as quick as today’s state-of-the-art from Nissan, every EV should be compliance cars.

Big Solar

these arent race cars, 7.5 seconds to 60 is fast enough for any 30K$ car.

BriBrn

Exactly. I don’t know what’s with the obsession over acceleration of these “normal” cars. Anything below 9s should be fine. I mean, I drive a much slower car (probably 11s to 100 km/h) and am rarely among the slowest drivers (OK, the fast lane on the autobahn is another thing but you also need higher top speed for that and driving this way is very inefficient). The problem is usually people not paying attention and fast acceleration doesn’t solve it. Good driver assists for traffic jams and motorway can probably do more to increase the average speed than fast acceleration.

LS

What most people forget about as well is that unlike in a gas car, this acceleration is actually usable.
When was the last time you floored it in a gas car? Totally antisocial thing to do around town because it’s so loud, hard on the transmission, not smooth. So even the original leaf with 10 second 0-100 time is actually substantially faster in real life than a car with similar acceleration because flooring it is not going to cause people to turn and look at the idiot redlining his econobox.

JP

Sorry but I do it every time I have to merge on highway to “sync” my speed with traffic, or when I want to overtake a vehicle so I can safely can back on my track, as soon as possible.

Djoni

You might floor it like all the other WOT fanatic.

I confess, I do that myself occasionally but the truth is you don’t need it as much as you claim.
Just say you do it for fun, period.
That would be honest and that’s it.

To get on the highway safely you just have to get in the hole, any hole, not just the one in front of the car at the same level as you.

You have to skate where the puck is going, not where it is.
It’s pretty easy, you don’t need a rocket launcher to get there.

Listen to the radio, keep cool, life is good, stay alive.

turboro

Sorry, i also kick-down often to sync on highway or quick overtaking, but it always needs a half second forward thinking since enforcing the kickdown delays, which in an EV with instant torque an no shifting is easier and safer.

theBrandler

Your probably the kind of person I’m yelling at from inside my car “IT’S THE PEDAL ON THE RIGHT!!” I floor it often. I have an Accord, it’s smooth, and it’s very fast. It certainly doesn’t jolt you around. And it’s quiet, you wouldn’t even know I was full throttle when I pass you. Every chance I get to go WOT I take it, always puts a smile on my face. This Leaf needs another 50hp to make me happy with it.

Mister G

Just imagine your family inhaling the toxic fumes coming out of your tailpipe LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP SMILE

Asak

No gas car accelerates smooth. They all are hurky jerky when the gear changes occur. I’d didn’t realize how bad it was until I started driving an electric. It is so much smoother it’s not even funny. I hate it every time I’m back in a gasser.

ModernMarvelFan

“When was the last time you floored it in a gas car? ”

Every time I merge onto the hwy. That is how you do it properly. Sure, you don’t keep it floored but I do floor it to make sure I have sufficient speed.

But often a slow POS Prius blocks my on ramp at 35mph….

ModernMarvelFan

” flooring it is not going to cause people to turn and look at the idiot redlining his econobox.”

Flooring the car doesn’t mean you will redlining it. Flooring a vehicle doesn’t get the engine to redline. If you keep it floored, it will eventually. That is why we have transmission.

John Ray

The biggest problem I have with my 2012 LEAF’s acceleration is that it loses grip if I floor it from a stop. I expect that with proper performance tires and a limited slip differential, the 2018 could do much better.

mx9

Nice, they’re starting to compete with BMW, after they get battery cooling and a rear independent suspension in there.

Clive

They will never hold a candle to BMW.

Big Solar

Bahahahaha! funny.

Doug Ledel

Buy America…or….Bye America!

will_leavitt

150hp and a top speed of 96mph? They need to work on aerodynamics. The 2005 Prius has 110hp, goes 110mph.

theBrandler

Wait…top speed of 96….? NOPE can’t do that. No daily triple? Slow lane of shame the whole way to work every day? UGH 🙁

mzs.112000

Not an aerodynamics issue, it is software-limited. After speedo reaches displayed speed of 96MPH, it will automatically lower motor power to only what is needed to maintain that speed.

Asak

There’s no reason you should ever be driving 90+ mph, let alone 110 mph in the U.S.

Gator

I couldn’t tell if this is for the “unable to find anywhere” white – black roof color 2018 Leaf. If it is that color, then this is unrealistic.

theBrandler

So how do we go about getting another 50hp out of this thing so it’s something worth driving? Normal cars you add a blower and a tune, and in some cases a tune is all you need….what the heck do you do to a slow BEV to make it fast? Or at the very least “acceptable”?

Nix

Hacked Volt cuts 8.5 sec 0-60 down to 5.5 sec. 0-60

https://9tube.me/watch?v=hA4fLSuvkk8

What tune knocks 3 seconds off 0-60 times?

Nix

This shows the natural advantage of EV powertrains. There is no way Nissan optimized the Leaf for acceleration. They optimized it for range with a bigger battery and the acceleration just came with it naturally for free. As ranges increase in EV’s it will cost EV companies little to increase performance, while ICE car companies spend tons to cut half a second off their 0-60 times.