The new 2019 Nissan Leaf e-plus modification got a 62-kWh battery and longer driving range – up to 363 km (226 miles). It drew much attention at the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The Nissan Leaf is a world best-seller among EVs. What is special in its long-range e-plus version?
Battery capacity and power reserve
The battery’s capacity is much increased, as well as the driving range, which is 383km (226 miles) according to American EPA (was 243km). The real range may be even more.
Batteries are produced by Nissan’s AESC in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Using new technologies, the manufacturer made a 62-kWh battery compact, leaving almost the same size as that of the 40-kWh one, though it is heavier, of course. The cells are placed in a compact way, and there are 288 of them now (vs 192 in the battery with capacity of 40kWh).
Other elements are used in the battery pack making it more stable: nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode, graphite anode and electrolyte with updated composition. The declared battery life time is 8 years (or 161,000 km).
More powerful engine
Under the hood of the Nissan Leaf e-plus we can find a 214-hp engine (160 kW, 340 Nm). For comparison, the 40-kWh Leaf delivers 150 hp (110 kW) and 320 Nm of torque. The car accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 6 seconds.
The Nissan Leaf e-plus has the same fast charging system and charging time as the 40-kWh version, but its output power increased from 50kW to 70kW (peak power is 100kW).
Level 2 autonomy and driver assistance system
The 40-kWh Leaf has optional Pro-Pilot Assist (Level 1 autonomy). The e-plus got Level 2 autonomy making it comparable with the Tesla Model S, Mercedes E-Class and BMW X3.
Unlike the exterior design, the long-range Leaf’s interior has been refined. Now there is a 8-inch display on ther center console with updated interface and more convenient integration with a smartphone.
The Nissan Leaf e-Plus will obviously cost more than a base model priced (MSRP) from $29,990 (USA) or €35,600 (Germany). This month the electric car goes on sale in Japan. In spring it will be available in the United States and late 2019 – in Europe.