NISSAN LEAF EV
The Nissan LEAF is short for “leading environmentally-friendly affordable family” vehicle. Introduced as early as December 2010 in its home market Japan and the key USA market. The LEAF is the all-time best-selling EV, with over 220,000 registration up to Q1 2016. The LEAF scooped in various awards over its life, including “World Car of the Year” in 2012. At its launch, a battery pack was around $18,000 and in 2015 the cost decreased significantly to around $5,500. Only 0.01% of batteries have failed by 2015.
In September 2017 Nissan unveiled an improved version of the iconic electric car. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will be available in all 50 USA States and existing international markets from January 2018 in 3 Trims, ranging from $29,900 to around $36,000. A Performance edition with a 60kWh battery would be released in late 2018 early 2019, promising a range in excess of 300 miles.
NISSAN LEAF SPECS
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NISSAN LEAF EV SALES
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NISSAN LEAF IN THE NEWS
2018 Week 35 - Nissan Leaf 2019 upgrade
The 2019 Nissan Leaf will receive an upgrade to its battery and battery management system to boost the range to around 500km (313mi) which is significantly more than the current 378km (NEDC). The Nissan Leaf will receive a 60kWh battery allowing the Leaf 2019 to compete with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3. It seems Nissan has taken note of the criticism lately of the Leaf’s battery technology and BMS necessitating the upgrade in technology.
2018 Week 26 - #rapidgate as Nissan Leaf claims questioned
There was some bad press for the EV sector this week with the BBC running a story on claims by Nissan Leaf customers that the companies stated range and charging specifications are misleading. Customers told the BBC their Nissan Leaf EVs did not live up to Nissan’s headline range specification of 235 miles (378km) and 40-minute rapid charging. The matter is now before the British Advertising Standards Authority for investigation. Customers claim only to achieve a real-world range of 155 miles and that rapid charging sometimes take up to 90 minutes. Initially, Nissan claimed the NEDC test distance but have subsequently changed the official range estimate to the Worldwide harmonized Light Vehicles Test Protocol (WLTP) of 168 miles (268km).
Gareth Dunsmore, director of electric vehicles, was quoted saying “External ambient temperature, the type of driving you’ve been doing beforehand, and the heat you put into the battery if you’ve been doing successive charges can impact the timing.” Which means only the first charge is done in the stated 40 minutes after which the battery management system slow the charge to protect the battery and ensure longevity. Mr. Dunsmore said that this is clearly stated in the Nissan Leaf “Owners Manual.”
Is this biased reporting or are there genuine grounds for the negative publicity? I think it is a bit of both coupled with a lack of educated sales teams, which there are so many examples of. The EPA range, which is widely accepted as a representation of real-world performance, is 151 miles. With a bit of education, dealers can inform their clients of the real world range and charging performance. The nascent EV sector hardly needs this kind of bad press which could have been avoided if dealers and manufacturers had their clients interest at heart rather than to sell vehicles through misinformation.
Published data shows that around 2,600 2018 Nissan Leafs have been sold in the UK. The BBC reported that some clients have either canceled their orders of chose the older model Leaf. Meanwhile, Nissan racked up another award, this time winning the Excellence in Climate Solutions Award for its pioneering work to develop electric vehicle technology and energy services systems.
2018 Week 19 - Nissan Leaf wins another award
The Nissan Leaf keeps raking in the awards, winning yet another Top EV Award, in this case, awarded by British DieselCar and EcoCar awards. The Nissan Leaf also came out tops at the World Car Awards, receiving the “2018 World Green Car” award. The new Nissan Leaf started its winning spree in November 2017 receiving two honors in the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) Best of Innovation awards.
- CES Best of Innovation award winner for Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology
- CES honoree for Tech for a Better World.
Both EcoCar and CES sited the 2018 Nissan Leaf’s ProPILOT (known as ProPILOT Assist in North America), bi-directional charging and e-Pedal technologies.
The Leaf EV is the first EV to be tested against the Euro NCAP’s extended safety protocols making it also the first car to achieve the maximum 5-star rating.
Nissan recently delivered 100 2018 Nissan Leaf’s to the City of Montreal. The 2018 Nissan Leaf will soon be launched in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.
2018 Week 6 - 7 New markets for Nissan Leaf as orders roll in
The new Nissan LEAF received over 40,000 orders globally including 13,000 orders in Japan; 13,000 reservations in the United States; and over 12,000 orders in Europe. Nissan also announced the launch of the Leaf in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. The company is also exploring introducing the zero-emission car in other markets in the region, including Indonesia and the Philippines.
2018 Week 4 - 2018 Nissan Leaf gets official EPA rating
The US EPA set its official rating for the 2018 Nissan Leaf EV at 151 miles and its combines efficiency at 112 MPGe. The 2018 Nissan Leaf achieved a 100 miles MPGe rating for highway driving and 125 miles MPGe for the city.
2017 Week 36 - 2018 Nissan Leaf unveiled
Nissan launched the long-anticipated 2018 Nissan Leaf on the 5th of September. The Nissan Leaf has been the most affordable, mass production EV in the world since its launch in 2010. The 2018 Nissan Leaf offers a greater range and advanced technologies, making the new LEAF the ultimate electric vehicle according to Nissan. The 2018 LEAF offers a longer range at a lower price – with stronger performance, striking new design and cutting-edge technologies such LEAF’s advanced ProPILOT Assist and e-Pedal technologies. The ProPilot can automatically control the distance to the vehicle in front, using a speed preset by the driver (between about 18 mph and 62 mph).
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is built on the Japanese automakers new e-powertrain, called Nissan Intelligent Power, which offers improved energy efficiency and increased torque and power output. The new e-powertrain delivers an exhilarating, linear driving performance with a power output of 147 horsepower, 38 percent more than the previous-generation LEAF. Torque has been increased 26 percent to 236 lb-ft, resulting in improved acceleration. The 2018 Leaf’s 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack delivers an estimated range of 150 miles, which should satisfy the daily driving needs of the majority of LEAF owners. The individual cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells has been improved, representing a 67 percent increase in energy density versus the original 2010 LEAF model. Another improvement on the previous lithium-ion battery pack is the use of enhanced electrode materials with revised chemistry, resulting in higher power density while contributing to greater battery durability upon charge and discharge. Charging time is between 16 and 8 hours depending on a 3kW or 6kW charger.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been added to the infotainment system in cars equipped with the navigation system.
Nissan will also offer a new higher power, longer range version at a higher price for the 2019 model year.
2017 Week 36 - 2018 Nissan Leaf Production announced
2017 Week 33 - Nissan provides scrapping bonus in Germany
2017 Week 29 - New Nissan Leaf here in September
Nissan announced that the new Nissan Leaf would be released on the 6th of September. New EV model releases have become as anticipated and high profile as smartphone releases some years back. With the date nearing Nissan has been releasing teasers about the long-awaited new Nissan Leaf. The latest teaser revealed that the Leaf would have an e-Pedal, or for the novice, just one pedal to accelerate and break. Breaking is done by taking your foot off the pedal, activating regenerative breaking. The technology was first used in the Tesla Model S and then in the BMW i3 in 2014. Previous teasers indicated that the Leaf would have some autopilot functionality.
2017 Week 9 - Honda Clarity no match for the Nissan Leaf
Honda is setting itself up for failure with this week’s announcement that the much anticipated mid-sized 2018 Honda Clarity EV will only have an 80-mile range. Despite being a mid-size sedan, with the obvious space benefit it brings, the car will not even compete with smaller compact sedans and hatchbacks, such as the 2017 BMW i3 (114 miles), Nissan Leaf (107 miles) and the VW e-Golf (125 miles). The Honda Clarity EV’s direct competitors in the $30,000 to $35,000 price range, the Hyundai Ionic (124miles) and Tesla Model 3 (200 miles), will put it to shame.
2016 Week 41 - Bumper Year for EV Sales forecasted
With the 2016 calendar year quickly coming to an end, it seems from various analysis and reports released this week that it would be a bumper year for electric vehicles. CNBC reported that sales of electric vehicles in Europe would top 500,000 units on the road by the end of the year. Citing a report from non-governmental organization Transport & Environment (T&E) Europe, the second largest market for electric vehicles after China will see an addition of well over 200,000 EV’s sold for the year, a significant improvement on the 145,000 sold in 2015. The Guardian reported that the international electric vehicle stock would be more than 2.1M units by the end if 2016, with the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S and BYD’s Tang and Qin being the most popular. Although the EV stock is still only around 1% of total vehicles on the road, it’s now growing 10X faster than traditional combustion vehicles despite low oil prices.
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