Back in 2009, Nissan first introduced the Nissan Leaf, the company’s first all-electric vehicle. LEAF stands for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car and this particular EV has been considered as the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable all-electric car with almost 240,000 units sold. This compact five-door hatchback electric car first reached the streets of America in 2010 and conquered Canada and Europe the following year.
In September 2016, Leaf sales in Japan reached to almost 70,000 units while 64,000 units have been sold in Europe (Norway leading with 18,600 registered units, followed by the UK with 15,000 units). However, the world’s largest Leaf market is the United States where sales have surpassed the 100,000-unit milestone in October of this year.
The 2016 model year Nissan Leaf was offered in three trim grades – S, SV and SL – and will be carried over to the 2017 model. However, there will be a slight increase in the prices for the 2017 model. The entry-level 2017 model will now have a 30-kWh battery which slightly affects its pricing; from $29,010, the 2017 entry-level Leaf will be sold with a $30,680 price tag.
Although it is more expensive than the outgoing model, Nissan offers quite a bit more for the 2017 model. For its thirty-thousand buck price tag, the Leaf will be able to go beyond 100 miles (161 km) of zero-emissions driving range as well as a faster charging time with the use of a quick charger – from a low battery warning, the Leaf can charge up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes. For a full charge, a Level II, 240-volt, home charging system may be used for approximately six hours.
Moreover, the new lithium-ion battery pack comes with an eight-year 100,000-mile (160,934 km) limited warranty (whichever comes first). An 80-kW synchronous motor powers all Nissan Leaf models generating 107 horsepower (109 PS) and 187 lb.-ft. of torque.
Now there are also a few standard equipment which will come with the new Leaf such as the RearView Monitor and Bluetooth. The SV and SL trim grades however will have NissanConnectSM with Navigation as well as a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, voice recognition, HD Radio, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel LinkTM.
The said display system will give passengers access to weather information for those planning to go on long trips, fuel prices, stock information, sports and movie listings for those date nights. It also comes with NissanConnect EV. Furthermore, a Premium Package is also readily available for these two grades and will have an additional Around Vie Monitor and Bose premium sound system.
The 2017 Nissan Leaf SV and SL grades will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $34,200 and $36,790, respectively.
Nissan Leaf has received various awards since its production in 2010 and is a world-renowned alternative to petrol-using everyday transportation. It received the Green Car Vision Award in 2010. And in 2011, it received the European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards, and was awarded Car of the Year Japan in 2011 and 2012. This ingenious creation is Nissan’s contribution to a more environment-friendly world, reducing our dependence on petroleum. It also marks a step further into an greenhouse gas emission-free world.