Try it, Nissan Leaf 10th Anniversary: ​​classic but modern electric

Try it, Nissan Leaf 10th Anniversary: ​​classic but modern electric

Try it, Nissan Leaf 10th Anniversary

When one thinks of the first electric cars to land on the market, one cannot fail to refer to the famous Nissan Leaf which from 2010 began to be sold in Japan and the USA, arriving however in the European continent only in 2013; in the same year it achieved great success, even reaching the record as the best-selling electric vehicle in the history of the automobile, reaching 50,000 units.

In recent years, Leaf has changed even if the DNA has remained the same; the latest version of the Japanese electric car boasts a revised but always well recognizable exterior design, the color is then called Vivid Blue and is combined with a contrasting black roof that manages to make everything more captivating to the eye. if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh2_1"). Is (": visible")) {console.log ("Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh2_1 slot id: th_motorlabs" )_d_mh2 } The design is traditional, from the outside it is in fact easily recognizable and a highly technological and decidedly performing product is hidden under the bodywork; on the floor there is in fact a 62 kWh battery - alternatively we also find the 40 kWh - which guarantees a WLTP mileage of 385 km and is combined with a permanent magnet electric motor of 218 hp and 340 Nm of torque.

Leaf is capable of reaching 100 km / h in just 8 seconds and the abundant amount of torque allows easy overtakes in all conditions even if, at low speeds, the traction control intervention will be frequent if you exaggerate with the accelerator i; the top speed is 157km / h which can be reached very easily if you are not careful as on many modern electric vehicles. As far as safety is concerned, the Nissan Leaf is at the forefront thanks to functions such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and lane centering, thus allowing driving safe and relaxed even on the motorway; in our tests we have shown how the autonomy declared by the vehicle is decidedly accurate in all driving conditions.

if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh3_1"). is (": visible")) {console. log ("Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh3_1 slot id: th_motorlabs_d_mh3"); } In the cockpit of the Nissan Leaf there is a welcoming environment even if the gear selector is unusual and requires practice before being able to use it without looking; Next to the latter there is a button to enter the e-Pedal mode - or the one pedal guide - which we certainly recommend as it will make the most of the regenerative brake and will allow you not to use the car's brakes in the traditional way. The deceleration is easily modulated and does not require special precautions, even in the first few meters of use of the car we felt confident of its operation and we used it with pleasure.

In our test we made about 800 km in total and we were therefore also able to use the Nissan Leaf's charging system; being a Japanese car, the charging standard is different from those used elsewhere, in fact, in addition to the traditional AC Type 3 socket, there is also fast DC charging via the CHAdeMO socket which in this case is capable of absorbing a maximum of 50 kW. if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh4_1"). is (": visible")) {console.log ("Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_motorlabs_d_mh4_1 slot id: th_motorlabs_d_mh4"); } In practice, the differences between CCS 2 and CHAdeMO are not perceptible to the end user and the maximum absorption of 50 kW allows the battery to be recharged from 15% to 80% in about 40 minutes. If you were to use the AC socket, however, the maximum absorption is 6.6 kW and we would have preferred it to be much higher to allow for more effective charging. One flaw is the lack of a front trunk which, on a car designed exclusively for electric, leaves us with a bitter taste.

Special edition Nissan Leaf10 marks big selling EV’s 10th anniversary

Nissan has launched a special edition version of the Leaf, to mark the EV’s tenth year on sale. It’s called the Nissan Leaf10 and it’s available to order now, with prices starting from £28,820 including the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant.

It gets a new badge on the C-pillar marking it out as a special edition model, and a new two-tone Ceramic Grey and Pearl Black paint scheme, too. Nissan has also applied a vinyl wrap to the wing mirrors, roofline and tailgate, patterned in the same geometric design found on the Ariya’s front grille.

The new Nissan Leaf10 shares its basic specification with the N-Connecta model, so it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and front fog lamps. Inside, buyers get a heated steering steering wheel, heated seats, a seven-inch digital gauge cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s plenty of safety equipment too, including a rear-view camera and Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance system, which adds intelligent cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a traffic jam pilot. Nissan has also thrown in its Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention system for free – it’s usually an optional extra, priced at £395.

The Leaf10 is only available with Nissan’s entry-level EV powertrain. It comprises a 148bhp electric motor and a 40kWh battery pack, which is enough for a maximum range of 168 miles and a 0–62mph time of 7.9 seconds. When plugged into a 50kW fast charger, the system battery will recover an 80 percent charge in around an hour.

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