2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh proves ability to withstand extreme conditions

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2016

Nissan has recently launched a short film demonstrating the new LEAF 30kWh emerge from a block of ice in Norefjell, Norway, as the vehicle rolls out in the European market. Europe's top-selling electric vehicle (EV) has a maximum mile range of 155 miles on a single charge, 25 percent greater than the prior model.

It comes with the enhanced NissanConnect EV infotainment system on Accenta and Tekna trims. Key modifications include remote defrost feature enhancements, premium functionality, and innovative connectivity system.

The short film starts with a silhouette of the vehicle covered with 65-mm thick ice, set against the Scandes Mountains. The ice then gradually melts, revealing the glorious Nissan LEAF 30kWh. Nissan Europe Director of EV Gareth Dunsmore said that the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh symbolizes the car maker's "innovative spirit.”

To help customers "go further", Nissan is dedicated to going beyond the boundaries in terms of improving the automotive industry's zero-emission technology. ICEMAN AS, a Norwegian ice specialist, was tasked to freeze the Nissan LEAF 30kWh into its icy blanket. ICEMAN CEO Jack Stensland said that they have never frozen an EV before.

However, he was thrilled with the idea and the result was "stunning.” Furthermore, the short film highlighted the new EV's reliability and durability. The Nissan LEAF 30 undergoes strict testing procedures to ensure its capability, especially in challenging conditions.

In line with this, Nissan offers a specially designed Nordic Pack that includes a battery heater to counter extremely low temperatures. Without compromising functionality and practicality, the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh is made with a cutting-edge battery technology that beats all of its rivals in the EV segment.

Nissan built the all-new LEAF based on a customised EV platform with a wheelbase of 2700 mm. It is 4445 mm in length, 1770 mm in width, and 1550 mm in height. Its distinct form is extremely aerodynamic: slight grille alterations, practically the only change visible from the original to the new LEAF, and an all-new 17” wheel design, all have lowered the Cd figure to just 0.28.

Like before, the vehicle’s front has a frame of slender, almost erect, headlamps, with LED lights on higher-end models. The lighting also moves the flow of air from the mirrors on the door to help streamline and lessen wind noise.

The body design employed the Nissan smart fluidity concept with the roofline integrating into an ample spoiler as the shape that cheats the wind is helped further by the smoothly level underfloor. The rear view is directed by slender, gently arched, vertical tail lamps and is, as always, remarkable by the complete lack of exhaust pipes.

There is an expanded colour palette. Now, there are seven exterior colours to choose from, including a solid white, grey, red pearl metallic and black metallic joining metallic silver, white pearl and blue pearl metallic.

Interior

Considerable alterations inside include new seating. Along with a redesign for improved support, the front seats now include adjustable height and a new shape to allow for up to 53 mm increased leg room for passengers in the rear seat. This is thanks to a re-positioning of the seats for the driver and front passenger to let those in the rear position their feet under them, creating more leg room.

Press Release

NISSAN BREAKS THE ICE WITH NEW NISSAN LEAF 30KWH

As the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh goes on sale across Europe - with improved range and enhanced features - Nissan has released a stunning short film revealing the car from a block of ice in breathtaking Norefjell, Norway.

Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle now delivers up to155 miles* of driving range on a single charge, 25 percent further than before, and comes with the latest evolution of the NissanConnect EV infotainment system on Acenta and Tekna trims. This includes improvements to the remote defrost feature, superior functionality and greater connectivity.

The film begins with a silhouette of the LEAF cocooned in ice, set against the breath-taking Scandes Mountains. At 65mm thick, the ice proceeds to melt away, gradually revealing the new Nissan LEAF 30kWh in all its glory.

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe: “The new Nissan LEAF 30kWh is a great example of Nissan’s pioneering and innovative spirit. We constantly strive to push the boundaries of what is possible with zero emission technology – going further so our customers can go further.”

The Nissan LEAF was frozen into its icy blanket by Norwegian ice specialist, MR. ICEMAN AS. Mr Jack Stensland, CEO, said: “I have never frozen an electric car before, but it sounded like an interesting challenge, and I think the end result is stunning.”

The film also highlights the reliability and durability of the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, which undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it is capable of withstanding even the most challenging driving conditions. For customers in truly testing conditions like those in Norefjell, Nissan also offers a specially engineered Nordic Pack which includes a battery heater to counter the effects of the extreme low temperatures.

The New Nissan LEAF 30kWh goes 25 percent further than the previous model, thanks to Nissan’s innovative 30kWh battery technology, beating all of its competitors within the segment, without compromising on practicality or usability.

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