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2013 Nissan Leaf: More range, better charging

| Japan, Nissan | November 22, 2012

2013 Nissan Leaf: More range, better charging

Second-gen Nissan Leaf was unveiled in Japan this week, and it comes with a lot of improvements. This is still the Leaf people know and (mostly) love, but it’s incrementally better all around.

For example, the new Leaf has “achieved” 228 kilometers (142 miles) of range on a charge on the JC08 test mode, up from 200 km (124 miles) in the previous version. This increase comes, in part, from better regenerative brakes and lower weight high-voltage unit. A new motor is part of a combined powertrain unit that has “integrated functions, streamlined battery module and case structure, and use of lighter parts.” The dashboard now also has the remaining battery capacity displayed as a percentage. There are also three new exterior colors (bringing the total to seven): Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White. For battery lovers, there is also a new “long-life mode,” that will only ever charge the battery to 80 percent full no matter how the car is being charged.

Among several new enhancements for the new LEAF are:

  • Available genuine leather seats
  • BOSEĀ® Energy Efficient Series sound system
  • Around View Monitor which assists parking at roadsides
  • Driving range of 228km at a full charge (JC08 mode)
  • Enhanced regenerative braking performance
  • A power-saving heating system.


  • Sporty and stylish 17-inch aluminum wheels (standard on G)
  • 16-inch aluminum wheels used in the current model are available as a factory-installed option (on X)
  • 16-inch full-wheel covers (standard on S and X)
  • LED headlights with auto-leveling using blue reflection LED lights (standard on G, factory-installed option on S and X)
  • Front fog lights (standard on G, dealer-installed option on S and X)
  • Seven available body colors, including three new colors: Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White.


  • Chic, elegant black interior
  • Genuine leather seats available on G and X as a factory-installed option (Airy Gray color for previous model is available on G and X)
  • Pop-up and down adjustable rear center seat headrest
  • Increased luggage space from 330L to 370L, realized by moving a downsized onboard charger from the back of the car to the front
  • Remaining battery capacity shown by percentage in the Multifunction Display
  • Foot-operated parking brake.

Basic EV structure

  • High voltage unit, including an electric motor, inverter and DC/DC converter, was integrated, resulting in a 30 percent volume reduction and a 10 percent mass reduction
  • More responsive and exhilarating acceleration feel delivered by a newly designed motor
  • Weight reduced by about 80kg compared to previous model. Achieved by combined powertrain unit, integrated functions, streamlined battery module and case structure, and use of lighter parts
  • B range that generates deceleration without feeling a change in noise and gravity even on a downward slope (standard on G and X)
  • Enhanced driving performance achieved by improved steering response in the medium-speed range and optimized suspension characteristics associated with weight reduction.

Improved power consumption

  • Reduced power consumption with a heat-pump cabin heater, heated seat for all seats, heated steering wheel and heat shield ceiling
  • Changes to the regenerative brake control system enable more efficient power generation when the brakes are operated.


  • Long-life mode (where the battery is charged to 80% to extend the battery life), now available in any charging mode
  • Improved convenience of the charging port, including a locking mechanism for the normal charging connector, LED light for charging at night and electromagnetic opener for the charging port lid.


  • Addition of “Stop-off charging spot guidance” function, “Power-saving route guidance” function and “Battery capacity at a destination forecast” function which can allay potential range anxiety
  • New ways to search for and locate charging spots easily and quickly. Adoption of “Charging spot availability information provision” function, “Quick charger location display” function and “Unavailable charging spot display” function.

Additional enhancements

  • Lighter-weight, highly efficient BOSEĀ® seven-speaker system: Energy Efficient System (factory-installed option on G and X)
  • Around View Monitor shows an image of the vehicle’s surroundings that is not easily visible (factory-installed option on G and X)
  • Highly concentrated Plasma Cluster Ion generator which eliminates odors and kills germs (standard on G)
  • Hill Start Assist which enables a driver to start the LEAF on a slope without worrying about rolling backward

Nissan LEAF has been developed in line with Nissan’s commitment to using recycled materials where possible to minimize environmental impacts. In addition, the amount of the rare earth element dysprosium used in the newly designed motor of the updated Nissan LEAF has been reduced by about 40 percent compared to the previous model-without sacrificing performance.

All Nissan LEAF grades qualify for the Japanese government’s eco-car subsidies and are exempt from the automobile weight tax and automobile acquisition tax. In addition, LEAF customers can receive up to 780,000 yen in incentive grants in accordance with the Japanese government’s incentive scheme for fiscal year 2012 to promote the purchase of clean energy vehicles.

(Source: http://www.autoblog.com)