In March of 2019, Nissan announced it had sold i400,000 Leafs. Last year, in 2018, the Leaf was the best-selling of all new cars in Norway, with 12,000 sold, and the best-selling car in Europe, with 40,000 sold. Though Tesla is hot on its tail, the Nissan Leaf is, at the moment, the best-selling EV of all time.
Nissan recently redesigned its highly popular Leaf and upgraded its battery to 40.0kW, which provides 150 miles of pure electric range. It has been, and continues to be, a “flagship” of future driving, providing a template for all other manufacturers to follow.
Anyone driving a Leaf is sending ZERO emissions into the atmosphere. New sources of electricity are increasingly coming from clean renewables as old fossil-fuel plants are retired. From an emissions standpoint, this trend more than makes up for the increased demand for electricity from electric cars over time. One of the clearest signs of renewable energy going mainstream came in April of 2019, when, for the first time in history, clean-energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal. During its 9-year history, (it first arrived in 2010), the Nissan Leaf has done more to educate the public about eco-consciousness and renewable energy than any other EV.
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 had any serious mechanical issues. They 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 2019 Nissan Leaf comes in 3 trims: S ($29,990 MSRP), SV ($32,600 MSRP) and SL ($36,300 MSRP).
Leaf’s MSRP is considerably dropped by government incentives, which include a Federal tax credit of $7500 and a California State rebate of $2500. The Nissan Leaf is eligible for HOV stickers in California.
The EPA has given the 2019 Leaf a city/highway/combined MPGe Fuel Economy Rating of 124 / 99 / 112. 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 3375-pound vehicle weight is recyclable and can be transformed back into water bottles or other Leafs.
Leaf’s Energy Menu advises how to drive, offering messages such as "Turn off Climate Control for +10 miles," to increase range. Plus, the navigation system displays the range in graphic form, with a halo around the car's current location, providing a visual estimate of how much farther you can go before recharging. The navigation system is in regular communication with Nissan's databases using satellite networks, and displays nearby charging stations on the screen.
Nissan Leaf batteries are highly reliable. The company claims zero battery recalls in the car’s 7 years of history and the cumulative 2 billion miles that Leaf owners have amassed. The greater capacity of the 40.0kWh batteries is derived from more energy-dense cells that fit in the same underfloor volume of previous models, thus preserving interior space. The floor-mounted battery pack creates a low center of gravity for a great ride and smooth handling, helping the Nissan LEAF corner with minimal body roll.
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.
Another major plus of leasing or owning a Leaf is Nissan’s Complimentary Rental Car Program. For the first 36 months/36,000 miles (whichever occurs first), your participating Nissan LEAF certified dealer will provide the owner a complimentary rental vehicle when a warrantable repair is performed, subject to availability and the eligibility requirements.
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.
LEAF is the primary “icon vehicle” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society. Intelligent Mobility technology and ProPILOT Assist add many control and safety features:
• Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection monitors speed and distance between Leaf and the car ahead; it lets drivers know when to slow down. This available system can even automatically engage the brakes to help avoid a collision or lessen the severity of an impact. And when it detects a pedestrian in the crosswalk, it can stop you in your tracks.
• Optional Intelligent Cruise Control watches the flow of traffic, maintains an adjustable speed and sets the distance between Leaf and the car ahead.
• Intelligent Lane Intervention: When lane markings are clear, this optional system detects if you’re straying out of your lane and taps the brakes to help gently guide you back.
• Available High Beam Assist helps out with night vision, providing consideration for fellow 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.
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Helps drivers back out of a space with more confidence. Available Rear Cross Traffic Alert watches around the rear of Nissan LEAF, and can warn the driver about cars it detects creeping up on either side.
• Intelligent Around View Monitor: features four cameras that provide a virtual composite 360- degree bird’s-eye view of your Nissan LEAF, plus selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and curbside views, so drivers can slide into the tightest spaces and make it look easy. It provides an on-screen heads up when it detects moving objects (like runaway shopping carts) near your vehicle.
• Hill Start Assist: when you’re trying to get out of a tight parking spot with a car close behind you, this feature holds the brakes for a few seconds to keep Leaf from rolling backwards.
• Active Ride Control: can automatically apply the brakes and adjust motor torque to smooth out your ride.
With optional NissanConnect EV & Services, drivers can do the following: use an app to pre-warm or cool your car; keep your eye on your current charge; with range updates on your phone, you’ll know exactly how far you can go. Emergency Preparedness provides automatic collision notification if the airbags deploy and you need help; an Emergency Call button connects you to a live person who can assist you; Roadside Assistance lets you set up immediate assistance to your location.
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 has named the Leaf “Best Electric Vehicle” in its 2019 5-Year Cost to Own Awards.
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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