2016 Nissan Leaf: First Drive Of 107-Mile Electric Car

Prix de la Nissan LEAF

Nissan Leaf
It is a well-equipped, all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and, with its second-generation model, can travel up to miles on a single charge. December — Automobiles registrations] in Spanish. The following table presents retail sales by year since deliveries of the Leaf began in December , for the national markets with cumulative sales of more than units through the end of On 7 July , U. The front and rear wheels exactly align—a giveaway that Leaf 2's platform is fundamentally carryover bones not only in wheelbase but also in front track its rear one is 0. Showing Offers Near You. Being as brilliantly responsive to the accelerator as ever, and having greater torque-related thrust below about 50mph than just about anything short of a hot hatchback , the Leaf is a delight to drive around town.

Explore the Nissan range

Nissan Leaf review

The Leaf is sized between a Nissan Altima and Versa. It has a We think it looks handsome enough, kind of frog-like with bulbous headlights like peering eyes, and others have said it is attractive, especially considering what it represents. Rear cargo space is now 24 cubic feet with rear seats upright as the formerly trunk-mounted on-board charger was relocated under the hood.

With full torque from 0 rpm, it is as peppy as anyone needs to 35 and even to On the highway, it can still gallop OK, but aerodynamic drag does diminish range faster than around-town driving.

Its natural habitat can include some freeway usage, and 95 mph is possible, but higher speeds sap energy much more quickly. That said, on a mile round trip mostly in Eco mode, we traveled a good 80 percent at highway speeds, and returned with 20 miles indicated range remaining. The Leaf rewards sedate driving; finite power supply reinforces the need to keep it tame, but it is not lame.

To maximize range, we actually found ourselves preferring Eco as it delivered acceptable around-town and highway acceleration. If you press the pedal down harder, the same amount of power is still available. Eco mode widens the range at which the regeneration system is active, which results in slightly more aggressive deceleration and braking feel.

Maximum regenerative braking is indicated by fully illuminated green dots. It is best used when decelerating or stopping, and it illuminates more green regen-indicating circles in the power display — free energy! Cargo volume is decent making this a functional commuter and general runabout. Other nuances to the energy supply picture can be seen in how the available range readout changes up or down when switching to Eco or B or D modes, or when tapping energy with the air conditioning or heater.

Similar results happen in motion or stopped when you switch to Eco — range increases, or D — range decreases. This is a neat feature, like reversing the fuel gauge on a gas car. If you can get your mind around what the Leaf can do, and can make it work for your circumstances, it can be rewarding.

Nissan never admitted any defect, did assign an independent review panel to investigate. Another concern is the fact that all battery powered cars lose potential range over the years, whether only a few miles, or more.

Also, one must have home charging, ideally, volt, and those who lack this option have a daunting disadvantage,. Some people choose leasing to hedge against future range loss and technology improvements. Resale values are less easy to calculate and lease rates can be attractive to the point of nearly netting a free car. No, but it depends whether it will pan out. A decision to go with the Leaf should be carefully analyzed, but while fear, uncertainty and doubt abound, dealers in Portland have reported monthly Leaf sales exceeding those for vehicles up to the top-selling Altima.

Information is your friend, and only you can decide whether the Leaf is a wise decision. Aside from these qualifiers, we are certain many more people would benefit from the car than are presently, and Nissan is definitely committed to it as much as, or more than, any other automaker.

The Leaf is essentially a normal hatchback that comfortably seats four, can make it with five, has decent storage capacity — but has maybe a 3. Replenishing this energy supply takes up to four hours at volts with the 6. On a slower route, the Leaf might be good for miles or more. Then use your actual electricity cost to calculate your actual operational cost.

Specifically, you can divide 25 miles driven by the combined MPGe and multiply by This equals your actual kwh consumed. In the Nissan Leaf, each battery pack has 24 modules and each module has 8 cells.

Originally, the Nissan Leaf was launched with double the modules. The 24 kWh battery in the Nissan Leaf had 48 modules, each module with 4 cells. However, when Nissan released the 30 kWh battery, the number of modules was reduced to half — to further increase the energy density of the battery pack. Now you know that the Nissan Leaf has a battery with a rated capacity of 39,46 kWh. This is under normal conditions and can be affected by temperature or C-rate. There is something fishy going on. Data from spec Perhaps this iec norm is more strict and mesured capacity is essentialy usable one?

Now if they rounded cell capacity down from like If the Leaf has the same efficiency as the older one, then However, if you assume that So it will still die just not as quick and Nissan will leave those that bought the disposable car without any warranty and certainly without any upgrade options.

If you have a too bad for you! Can you offer an explanation for the He heavily emphasizes minimum in the video you linked. What makes your findings so obvious that we should take your educated guess over the video?

Nissan can simply overrate the battery capacity by testing it at higher temperature and lower C-rate. But why do you calculate the first-gen battery using a nominal voltage of 3. It used to be conventional to go with 3. That requires a larger nominal charge Ah , which as you point out could be justified by measuring under different conditions température or rate being the main knobs to turn.

I have a leaf. In fact I was part of the pilot program because I wanted to support Nissan and the technology. I have been trying to find factual answers on whether or not the can be retrofitted with the battery. I seem to be having a hard time getting answers. The capacity is not accurately determined by multiplying the nominal voltage by the Ah.

An accurate result needs the integral of the voltage curve over current. It can be seen from the gen1 example that the capacity in kWh is greater for lower discharge rates. So the actual capacity requires the C rate to be specified.

Email This Page