Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition model boosts range and power

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Author: | Updated: 09 Jan 2019 12:47

Following the continued success of the Nissan Leaf, the manufacturer has announced the evolution of the highly successful electric vehicle with the launch of two Leaf 3.Zero models.

The two additions to the Leaf range offer a new 8in infotainment screen enabling additional connectivity services such as door-to-door navigation, as well as an all-new and improved NissanConnect EV app.

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Leaf 3.Zero – priced from £31,095 including the £3,500 government plug-in car grant – features the same 40 kWh battery found in the existing Leaf and also offers new body colours and two-tone colour combinations.

The real eye catcher is the Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition. Priced from £36,795, including government grant, it offers a higher output capable of delivering 160 kW of power, 340Nm of torque, and a longer driving range expected to be up to 239 miles* from a single charge of the 62 kWh capacity battery.

This means a 40% range increase over the current Leaf which is equipped with a 40 kWh battery – an additional range of more than 62 miles comparable usage.

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With the more powerful motor, acceleration from 50mph to 75mph is nearly 13% quicker while the top speed (97mph) has also increased from the 40kWh version by approximately 10%.

Even with a 25% increase in energy density and 55% increase in energy storage capacity, the Nissan Leaf e+ battery pack is almost the same size and configuration as the one found in the current Leaf. Other than a 5mm increase in the car’s overall height the exterior and interior dimensions are unchanged.

Only 5,000 units of this limited edition model will be produced for Europe.

Both 3.Zero models also offer e-Pedal and ProPilot, critically acclaimed technologies from Nissan which aim to transform the driving experience.

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The e-Pedal is a new driving sensation for many, allowing the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using only the accelerator pedal. This delivers a seamless, smooth drive and maximum control to the driver through enhanced pedal feedback.

ProPilot is a ‘hands-on, eyes-on’ system which allows the car to stop, restart and stay centred in its lane in higher-speed cruising and lower-speed congested traffic scenarios. The technology reduces driving stress and fatigue, enhancing driver confidence behind the wheel.

Gareth Dunsmore, director, electric vehicles and connected services, Nissan Europe, commented: “Since we launched the new Nissan Leaf last year, the customer response has been outstanding.

“In an EV market that is constantly growing, sustaining the Leaf’s status as the most popular EV in Europe in 2018 is a testament to the strength of the product. We hope the Leaf 3.Zero models will help continuing this extraordinary growth in 2019.”

First deliveries of the Leaf 3.Zero are expected to start from May 2019, while initial customer deliveries of the 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition will commence from summer 2019.

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