On December 3, 2020, Nissan announced it had delivered 500,000 Leafs. Since its debut in 2010, the Nissan Leaf has done more to educate the public about eco-consciousness, renewable energy and electric vehicles than any other EV. Nissan estimates that LEAF owners have driven their cars approximately 10 billion miles cumulatively, worldwide, preventing more than 3.5 billion pounds of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere. Alongside Nissan's other electrified powertrain vehicles, the LEAF continues to show the way to a sustainable, resilient, zero-emission society. It has been, and continues to be, a “flagship” of future driving, providing a template for all other manufacturers to follow.
The 2018 Nissan LEAF was awarded the prestigious 2018 World Green Car title at the New York Auto Show. With this win, LEAF became the first battery-electric to take home the prize. The car also won the UK’s 2018 Gold Electric Car Award with the best overall performance in the Engine & Gearbox category, based on 9 judging categories: Reliability and Build Quality, MPG and Running Costs, Safety Features, Engine & Gearbox, Ride and Handling, Interior and Comfort, Exterior, Practicality and Boot Space, Infotainment, Connectivity and Electrics. Kelley Blue Book named the Leaf “Best Electric Vehicle” in its 2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards.
CURRENT EV’s 2 founders chose Leafs to be their first electric vehicles and were extremely satisfied. During the 3-year lease periods for these two Leafs, neither driver experienced any serious mechanical issues. The two Leafs more than lived up to their owner's expectations. The EV has Nissan’s highest customer satisfaction rating, beating all its other models. According to Nissan, over 95% of Leaf drivers are happy with their car.
The 2021 Nissan Leaf comes in 2 trims: S (MSRP: $31,670), and SV (MSRP: $34,960).
Leaf’s MSRP is considerably dropped by government incentives, which include a Federal tax credit of up to $7500. The Nissan Leaf is eligible for HOV stickers in California.
The EPA has given the 2021 Leaf an Estimated Range of 149 miles, though many Leaf drivers get much more than this. City/highway/combined MPGe is 123/99/111. Leaf drivers can expect to save $4,750 in fuel costs over 5 years compared to driving a comparable new fossil fuel car.
For the Eco-conscious, there are many things to like about the Leaf. 60% of the plastic on the Leaf's interior is already recycled material – much of it comes from used water bottles. At the end of the Leaf's lifespan, 99% of the 3501-pound vehicle weight is recyclable and can be transformed back into water bottles or other Leafs.
Key Leaf features include: a 110 kW AC synchronous electric motor, an e-Pedal, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Apple CarPlay integration, Android Auto, 17" x 6.5" Machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, Nissan Door to Door Navigation with Premium Traffic, NissanConnect EV with Services powered by SiriusXM with trial access, Intelligent Cruise Control, and a 50 kW Quick Charge Port.
Every Nissan LEAF is backed by a New Vehicle Limited Warranty providing: 36 month/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) basic coverage; 60-month/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain and electric vehicle system coverage; and 96-month/100,000-mile (whichever occurs first) Lithium-Ion Battery coverage. Nissan’s confidence doesn’t stop at the battery warranty. The Electric Vehicle (EV) System coverage includes, but is not limited to, the following items: Motor, Inverter unit, VCM, Reduction gear, DC/DC converter, Onboard charger, Onboard charger connector, and Trickle charge cable. Recharge times vary from 7.5 hours on a 32-amp, 240-volt hookup to 35 hours when plugged into a typical 120-volt wall outlet. Every Leaf is recharged via a port hidden just above the Nissan badge in its nose.
Leaf’s motor makes a mild whirring sound at speeds below 18mph and externally emits a “Jetsonian electric tone” to alert pedestrians of its otherwise silent presence. Like other EVs, the lack of ICE engine “white noise” provides an incredibly quiet drive for Leaf occupants.
Leafs now use a “one-pedal” driving mode – called e-Pedal – (like the Chevrolet Bolt), which lets drivers bring the car to a complete halt by taking their foot of the pedal. Decreasing accelerator pressure entirely triggers a gradual progression to a peak of 0.20 g of deceleration as more speed is scrubbed. Or, you can use the regular brake pedal mode.
Nissan makes its Safety Shield 360 standard on every Leaf. Safety Shield 360 includes:
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: monitors your speed and distance between you and the car ahead, and can let you know if you need to slow down. It can also automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a frontal collision or lessen the severity of an impact. And when it detects a pedestrian in the crosswalk, it can stop you in your tracks.
Rear Automatic Braking: monitors the area directly behind your Nissan LEAF for stationary items you might not see. If you fail to stop, it can automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a rear collision or lessen the severity of an impact.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert; helps you back out of a space with more confidence. It watches around the rear of your Nissan LEAF, and can warn you about cars it detects creeping up on you from either side.
Blind Spot Warning: Helps you change lanes with more confidence. Blind Spot Warning keeps an eye on your Nissan LEAF’s blind spot area and gives you a heads-up if it detects a vehicle hiding there.
Lane Departure Warning: helps make sure you change lanes only when you mean to. If the system detects that you’re drifting over, haptic feedback on the steering wheel can let you know.
High Beam Assist: helps out with night vision, while being considerate of other drivers. It automatically switches to low-beam headlights when it detects a vehicle ahead, and turns the high beams back on when you need them.
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning: watches up to two cars ahead, and when it detects sudden deceleration in front of you, it gives you a warning to slow down.
Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention: can detect that you’re trying to change lanes while another car is in your blind spot area, and apply the brakes and help guide your Nissan LEAF back into your lane.
Intelligent Lane Intervention: helps keep you in your lane. When lane markings are clear, it can detect if you’re straying out of your lane and can engage the brakes to help gently guide your Nissan LEAF back to center.
An optional Intelligent Around View Monitor can give you a virtual composite 360° bird’s-eye view of your Nissan LEAF. Selectable split-screen close-ups offer a combination front, rear, and curbside views. The display also gives you an on-screen heads-up when the system detects moving objects near your vehicle.
Additionally, the Leaf uses 10 standard air bags. The Advanced Air Bag System includes dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt and occupant-classification sensors. In addition, Nissan LEAF is equipped with front and back seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, front-seat knee air bags, and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor.
After kick-starting the mass market EV race in 2010 and becoming the top-selling electric vehicle in the world (based on cumulative sales data from Dec 2010 thru Dec 2017), the re-imagined Leaf’s improved technology, streamlined looks, extended range and compelling price-to-range ratio provide great value for customers looking for a mid-range priced EV.
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