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New LEAF 2016 with 30 kw battery

A new 30kW battery in the Nissan Leaf will go on sale in December, delivering a claimed range of 155 miles.

It will go on sale alongside the 24kW unit but will only be available in Acenta and Tekna trim, priced from £24,490 to £27,940 including the UK government’s £5000 Plug-in grant, which was recently extended until February 2016.

Nissan is also increasing its warranty for the 30kW unit to an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

The new battery brings an increase in range of around 25% over the alternative 24kW unit, according to Nissan. It has the same dimensions as the lesser-powered unit but is 21kg heavier. The manufacturer says this longer range is the result of the introduction of carbon, nitrogen and magnesium to the electrodes in the new unit.

Nissan expects the real-world range of the new battery to be around 12-15% less than the claimed 155 miles, representing a similar loss to the 24kW unit. This would put the new battery’s real-world range at around the 135-mile mark.

In Acenta and Tekna trims, the 30kW Leaf comes with a 7.0in touchscreen and the smartphone-compatible Nissan Connect EV infotainment system, which allows users to check the charge status of the car and remotely control features such as the air-con. The system the previous Car Wings set-up.

The new infotainment package includes a charging map that can show which charging points are available and which are being used. It also delivers maintainance alerts and a car-finder facility.

Exterior alterations are minimal and include a new roof-mounted aerial as well as the choice of a new bronze colour.

“It’s a game changer for Nissan,” said EV director for Europe Jean-Pierre Diernaz. “This increased range will have an impact on the perception of our electric vehicles and will open it up to a wider market.”

Diernaz also added that the Leaf range could expand in the future to new electric models.

“It’s possible,” he said. “We will take this technology, improve it, and we are looking at putting it wherever it is relevant for us as a line-up expansion, and where it is releveant for a consumer.

“This new battery is just the beginning of something bigger,” he added. “The next milestone is a range of over 180 miles.”

Earlier this year Nissan expanded the Leaf trim range with a new Acenta+ version, sitting between Acenta and range-topping Tekna priced at £24,740 including the plug-in grant.

report from www.autocar.co.uk

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Nissan NV200E 7 seater

NV200e

Built next to the petrol/diesel NV200 on the same production line, the e-NV200 offers similar functionality to its fossil-fuel burning sibling, but is powered by the same 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack and 80 kilowatt electric motor found in the Nissan LEAF electric car, modified slightly to make it more suitable for the heavier demands of life as a commercial vehicle.

It comes with the same charging functionality as the LEAF too, only sold with 6kw pack in ireland and CHAdeMO.

It’s worth noting too that the NV200 has always been offered with seven seats, due to its different underbody structure and power train. Due to battery pack and power electronic placement in the e-NV200 — under the floor of the vehicle — we understand adding the third row in the electric version presented some extra engineering challenges from a crash test protection point of view.

Nv200 van

In Japan, where crash-test requirements are different to Europe, Nissan has been offering a seven-seat e-NV200 in ‘Wagon G’ Trim level since the vehicle was launched there last year.

As with the five-seat variant, the new 7-seat e-NV200, which is available in range-topping ‘Evalia’ trim or hard-wearing ‘Combi’ trim, features sliding rear doors to allow access to the rear passenger space, with a simple seat back tilt granting access to the rearmost row.  Nissan also says it has added additional rear air conditioning to ensure that second and third row passengers are kept comfortable during their travel, whatever the weather.

 

When it comes to cargo, Nissan says there’s 443 litres (15 cubic feet) behind the third row under the load bay tonne cover, or 870 litres (30 cubic feet) when filled to the roof line. This makes it ideal for life as a private-hire minicab, an airport transfer shuttle, or a family car. Indeed, both second and third row seats can be folded away to accommodate three full-sized bicycles, without requiring any dismantling of the bicycles first.

Nv200 van 1

Prices and final specification for the 7-seat e-NV200 hasn’t been released yet, but we’d hope the difference in price between five and seven seats would be an additional few thousand as it is with the non plug-in NV200.

At this point, we feel it’s probably worth mentioning that while those extra two seats will certainly make the e-NV200 more appealing to large families and small businesses looking for the most versatile electric vehicle they can buy, driving around with those rear seats filled could impact total range per charge. While that is likely to only be a few percent of the official NEDC rating, it’s worth remembering if you’re planning to do any long-distance trips in it.