2018 Nissan Leaf (2nd Generation)

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Carwow review

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A really good review. What might they sell for in SA and when will they be available?
 

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Carbuyer review

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Nissan Leaf vs VW e-Golf vs Renault Zoe: sub-£30k EV group test

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What's the best electric car? 2018 Nissan Leaf vs Renault Zoe vs VW e-Golf review | What Car?

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Nissan Leaf Open Car is one-off celebratory special roadster

100,000 Leafs have been sold in Japan since the electric car's launch in 2010, so Nissan has cut the roof off one to celebrate

A Nissan Leaf roadster concept, called the Nissan Leaf Open Car, has been created by the brand’s engineers to celebrate the electric car reaching 100,000 sales in Japan since its introduction in 2010.

The roof is gone, as well as (less conspicuously) the rear doors, and there appears to be no folding-roof mechanism, making it a sunny day-only car. In addition, the Leaf Open Car adopts a four-seat layout instead of sitting five as it does in hatchback form, with a bizarre, large rear seat.

At the front and rear, however, it’s business as usual, and there are no reported changes to the car’s powertrain - an AC synchronous electric motor fed by a 40kWh battery pack.

In hatchback form, the Leaf provides 177 miles of range on the WLTP testing standard, although due to aerodynamic drag this is likely to be diminished for the Leaf Open Car. All of the Leaf's regular features, including Propilot semi-autonomous driving and Propilot Park automatic parking, remain, however.

The car was revealed at a Tokyo forum attended by Nissan executives and government officials to discuss “zero-emissions society” as the car industry shifts to electric power.

It comes the day after Honda’s Swindon plant revealed the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept - a two-seat truck based on the Civic Type R hot hatch. Honda has suggested that it may take the concept to the Nürburgring to claim the front-wheel-drive truck lap record.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/nissan-leaf-open-car-one-celebratory-special-roadster

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Would you buy a convertible Nissan Leaf?

It’s actually a lot cuter than we thought it would be, even if it is just window-dressing.

This fully-functioning convertible Nissan Leaf was on display at a seminar celebrating the 100 000th Nissan Leaf sold in Japan since Nissan’s first volume-production pure electric car was launched in 2010.

It’s a remarkably neat conversion, and the ‘roll bar’ behind the rear seats rather neatly solves the perennial problem of what to do with the folded roof of a convertible hatchback. If you want to see what we mean, Google a picture of the first-generation Mini convertible with its top down.

The seminar brought together Nissan executives with local and prefectural government officials to discuss the creation of a ‘zero-emission society. In Japan, just as in most countries, that means not so much building more electric cars as building the infrastructure to charge them and supplying that infrastructure with ‘clean’ electricity - i.e. not generated by smoky coal-fired power stations.

However, Nissan officials at the meeting said there were no plans to put the Leaf Open Car into production. We’re not whether to be disappointed or relieved.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/would-you-buy-a-convertible-nissan-leaf-15196218
 

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Edmunds review

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Yes, the Nissan Leaf Nismo has actually gone into production!

Back in October 2017, soon after the reveal of the second-generation version of the Japanese automaker’s electric hatchback (which has yet to arrive in South Africa), Nissan took the wraps off its Leaf Nismo Concept. And, turns out, the brand is actually building it, with the production version you see here set to hit the Japanese market at the end of July 2018.

Nismo, which for the uninitiated is Nissan’s motorsports and in-house tuning division, has handed the electric Leaf a “custom” ECU set-up for “more responsive acceleration” (though it doesn’t detail a change in output nor performance figures), as well as added fresh Continental ContiSportContact 5 tyres and uprated suspension for “improved handling and ride comfort”. Naturally, some styling tweaks have also been made.

For instance, the new Nissan Leaf Nismo gains the characteristic layered double wings of Nismo-badged road cars, which the automaker says improve downforce without compromising the vehicle’s drag coefficient, as well as a model-specific grille, front bumper, rear bumper, side-sill protectors and the requisite badging. Fresh 18-inch alloys (which “minimise air resistance”) have also been added, along with more LED lighting.

Nissan says nine body colours, including Nismo favourites such as brilliant silver/super black two-tone and dark metal grey/super black two-tone, will be offered in Japan. Inside, you’ll find plenty of custom red accents as well as a “carbon-like” finish for the instrument panel and a gun-metal chrome finish for the electronic gear-selector.

The Leaf Nismo furthermore gains specific tuning for its electric power steering system, traction control system and anti-lock brake system. Uprated shock absorbers have also been fitted.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/yes-the-nissan-leaf-nismo-has-actually-gone-into-production/

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Nissan Leaf Nismo electric hot hatch launched in Japan

Sporty EV could preview what’s to come with a UK-bound Nismo trim variant

Nissan has launched a Nismo version of its Leaf electric hatchback in Japan, offering a more urgent powertrain, sportier handling and an aggressive look.

The Leaf Nismo has been altered by Nissan’s performance division and was previewed in a concept earlier this year. Although it won't be sold outside of Japan, it could preview the look of a Nismo trim variant that could make it to the UK.

The Leaf Nismo has been given a more urgent powertrain and sharpened throttle response. No performance figures have been released, but improvements are expected on the standard car’s 7.9sec 0-62mph time and rolling acceleration pace.

Also added are 18in wheels wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact 5 tyres, different dampers and an altered electronic stability control system, to make the car feel sharper and more eager on the road.

The powertrain hardware remains the same as the normal Leaf's, with a 40kWh battery pack providing energy to an alternating current synchronous electric motor. But a new custom tuning computer has been added to enhance the system’s performance.

To mark it out from the standard car, Nismo has added a new front grille and bumpers, with contrasting colours and a Nismo badge. There’s also a diffuser at the back. Inside, there are Alcantara sections on the steering wheel, red trim and different gauges, as well as a carbonfibre-effect finish on the dashboard.

Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa told Autocar last year that a “racier” Nismo Leaf would be produced to provide the second-generation electric hatch with a halo model. He said this would contrast with the previous Leaf range, which came with few design variants and had a look that “wasn’t popular with the majority of people”.

“The new car is lower, wider and sportier, with the point of this design being to get greater accessibility of the market,” he said.

While no Nismo-badged Leaf has been confirmed for the UK, Autocar understands that a ‘design halo model’ that wears Nismo trim and sticks with the standard running gear is likely.

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5 New Electric Cars Destined for SA

The shift towards electric mobility is gaining momentum. Several manufacturers are looking to the future and introducing electric vehicles (EVs) to the mass market. While electric cars aren't prevalent in the local market at present, things are changing steadily... Here are 5 significant electric car introductions that you can expect to see in South Africa next year (or in the near future).
Vast distances, lack of charging infrastructure, range anxiety and the prohibitively high purchase prices of electric vehicles are likely to remain key factors that will continue to stifle the adoption of electric cars in South Africa for the foreseeable future.

However, the wheel is slowly turning and rapid technological developments in terms of fast charging, improved electric vehicle range, design and integration are addressing these concerns. A recent example is the R30-million investment that Jaguar (in partnership with GridCars) has made to install 82 new charging stations in major hubs and along major holiday routes across South Africa, which will be known as the Jaguar Powerway. Furthermore, brands such as BMW and Nissan have also collaborated to increase access to public charging infrastructure across the country. Much still needs to be done, but a slow start is a start nonetheless…

With fuel prices reaching historical record highs in South Africa, demand for electric cars might very well be at the start of a long upward trajectory in the medium to long-term and the arrival of these 5 electric cars might be the start of a major shift in public perception towards electric mobility.

5 Electric Cars Destined for SA

New Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf has been on sale in South Africa since 2013 and the 2nd-generation Leaf, which was revealed last year, is expected to arrive in South Africa in the first half of 2019. The new Leaf is powered by an electric motor developing 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque in conjunction with a 40 kWh Lithium-ion battery.

The Leaf now has a projected range of 400 km and can be charged in 8 hours using a 6 kW outlet or alternatively, 16 hours using a 3 kW outlet. Fast charging will rapidly decrease charging times and 80% charge can be achieved in about 40 minutes.

Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the first half of 2019. This EV is powered by electric motors driving the front and rear axles with total outputs of 294 kW and 696 Nm. Jaguar says throttle response is immediate, which means the I-Pace will offer fast acceleration with the 0-100 kph sprint taking 4.8 seconds.

An in-house designed, liquid-cooled 90 kWh Lithium-ion battery is capable of rapid charging where it will obtain 80% charge in only 45 minutes using a DC 100 kW charger. A 7 kW home charging wall box will achieve the same result in just over 10 hours. The I-Pace is said to have a range of about 480 km and with an average daily commute of between 40 and 50 km, the I-Pace will only have to be charged once a week.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

The recently-revealed Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to reach South Africa in mid-2019 and will be powered by a pair of electric motors, combining to deliver 300 kW and 765 Nm of torque. There's a motor on the front axle and a 2nd at the rear, making it an all-wheel-drive vehicle.

The battery has an energy content of 80 kWh and there are 5 driving modes, each of which results in different performance and ranges. The Mercedes-Benz EQC features a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations. If you opt for the latter, you can go from 10%-80% in just 40 minutes. The Mercedes-Benz EQC is expected to offer a range of 450 km.

Audi e-tron

Audi recently revealed its first all-electric series production e-tron model and it is expected to arrive in South Africa in mid-2019. The e-tron is powered by 2 electric motors (one over each axle) that are virtually silent in operation and generate 300 kW and 560 Nm of torque.

Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive system ensures maximum traction and dynamic ability by regulating and distributing torque between the axles instantaneously. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in about 5.5 seconds and the e-tron will reach a top speed of 200 kph.

The 95kWh battery system is positioned low and central in the vehicle, contributing to a more sporty character. The e-tron is engineered for AC and DC charging and has fast-charging capability of up to 150 kW at high-speed charging stations. 80% charge can, therefore, be achieved in about 30 minutes. Charging at home is achieved using a standard 9.6 kW AC capsule charger, which also includes plugs for a standard 120V outlet as well as a fast-speed 240-volt NEMA 14-50 outlet.

BMW iX3

While the i3 premium compact electric city car has been on sale in South Africa since 2015, BMW has a new electric SUV in the pipeline. Although the iX3 SUV was only shown in concept form at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, it’s due to go into production in 2020 and will prove to be a fitting rival to the other premium electric SUVs on this list. The BMW Concept iX3 draws styling inspiration from the new X3 which is produced at the firm’s plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria.

The Concept iX3 is fitted with BMW’s 5th-generation electric drive system which offers 200 kW from its electric motor while a high-voltage 70 kWh battery will allow for a range of more than 400 km. A newly-developed Charging Control Unit can be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. A full charge will take only 30 minutes using a fast-charging station.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/5-new-electric-cars-destined-for-sa/45557/
 

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Charge! New Nissan Leaf Nismo RC ready for track action

It’s been more than a year since Nissan revealed the Nismo variant of its Leaf, featuring some aggressive new body panels. Now the firm has taken the electric car to the next level by transforming it into a fully fledged racecar. Meet the Leaf Nismo RC.

Boasting an electric motor on each axle (and thus all-wheel drive), the Leaf Nismo RC boasts peak outputs of 240 kW and 640 N.m of torque, making it more than twice as powerful than the previous Leaf racecar, resulting in a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 3,4 seconds. Interestingly, the high-capacity lithium-ion battery and inverters are sourced from the road car.

With an overall length of 4 546 mm, it’s slightly longer than its predecessor but it’s also lower with a height of 1 212 mm (for the record, that’s a full 300 mm less than the road car). With its full carbon-fibre racing monocoque structure, the Leaf Nismo RC weighs in at 1 220 kg.

Six of these cars will be produced for emission-free marketing events around the world. They will be on display at Formula E races as well as major shows and events.

https://www.carmag.co.za/speed/charge-new-nissan-leaf-nismo-rc-ready-for-track-action/

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Nissan Leaf e plus

Nissan unveiled the Nissan LEAF e+, further broadening the appeal of the world's best-selling electric car by offering a new powertrain with additional power and range.

The "e+" refers to the increased energy density of the model's 62 kWh battery pack and the higher output of its powertrain. The new powertrain adds to the car's range by approximately 40 percent, with EPA-estimated range of up to 226 miles, ensuring that there's a Nissan LEAF to meet the driving needs of a wider range of customers.

"The new Nissan LEAF e+ offers all of the style, convenience and electric vehicle benefits that have helped make LEAF the best-selling electric vehicle in the world, plus even more driving excitement, range, power and choice," said Denis Le Vot, senior vice president and chairman, Nissan North America. "Customers now have a selection of powertrains and models to best suit their driving needs."

The Nissan LEAF e+ will be sold under the LEAF PLUS Series in the US and Canada, with each trim level receiving its own designation of S PLUS, SV PLUS and SL PLUS. Globally, the vehicle will be referred to as the Nissan LEAF e+.

More than 380,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles have been sold globally since the 100 percent electric model first went on sale in 2010, with over 128,000 sold in the US. Equipped with advanced technologies including ProPILOT Assist semi-autonomous driving system and e-Pedal mode for one-pedal driving, the LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

"Nissan Intelligent Mobility is at the core of everything we do and the new Nissan LEAF e+ takes this vision even further," Le Vot continued. "EV's will play a significant part in our product lineup as we move forward and will lead the way to providing an efficient and sustainable future for the world."

Having pioneered mass-market electric cars with the LEAF, Nissan is continuing to promote alternative vehicle transportation. The LEAF family of cars play a vital role in Nissan's efforts to integrate electric vehicles and energy systems into customer's lives - creating an "EV ecosystem." Among these efforts is Nissan Energy, the company's initiative for its electric vehicles to easily connect with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses, or feed energy back to power grids, as well as new efforts to reuse batteries.

The Nissan LEAF PLUS Series is scheduled to join the LEAF at Nissan dealerships in Japan in January 2019. U.S. sales are expected to begin in spring 2019 and European sales to commence in mid-2019.

https://www.netcarshow.com/nissan/2019-leaf_e_plus/

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New Nissan Leaf e+ launched with extra power and range

Limited edition of Nissan's popular electric car gains bigger batteries and produces 214bhp

Nissan has launched a new range-topping version of the Leaf EV, which features a boost in power and a longer range.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition, launched at CES in Las Vegas, replaces the electric car’s standard 40kWh battery with a 62kWh unit. Nissan says it can achieve 239 miles on the WLTP test cycle, a 62-mile increase on the standard model.

The special edition, of which 5000 units will be offered in Europe, has also had its power increased to 214bhp, compared with 148bhp for the standard model. The car also features 250lb ft of torque and an increased top speed of 97mph.

The new 62kWh battery features 288 cells, compared with 192 in the standard unit. Nissan says it offers an increase of 25% in energy density and 55% in energy storage capacity but is a similar size to the 40kWh battery. The car sits 5mm higher on 16in wheels to account for the underfloor battery, but all other dimensions are unchanged.

Inside, there is a new 8.0in infotainment screen, with Nissan promising additional connectivity services. There are also new two-tone body colours.

Nissan has also launched a new Leaf 3.Zero model, which features the interior and exterior upgrades while retaining the 40kWh battery and standard power output of the original car.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ will be priced from £36,795 in the UK, including the £3500 government grant for zero-emission cars, while the 3.Zero will start at £31,095 (including grant). The regular Leaf starts from £21,990.

Both are now available to order. Deliveries of the Leaf 3.Zero will start in May, with the e+ arriving in the UK in the summer.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-nissan-leaf-e-launched-extra-power-and-range
 
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