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2013 Nissan LEAF Drive

Marcus Classen | 14 2013

Nissan made a statement by launching the new, generation LEAF in the battery-sapping of Oslo. Surprisingly, Norway is the market for the LEAF in Europe, Nissan’s halo EV is even the best-selling car. The country its citizens to buy electric vehicles the exemption of tax on purchase, as well as free parking and free in city centres.

EV owners are allowed to use bus lanes, which out to be very convenient especially rush hour.

Taking all of factors into account, it makes a lot of sense for Nissan to the new LEAF in the Norwegian capital.

claims that it made 100 changes to the new LEAF — heavily on customer feedback and proudly states that 93% of customers are fully satisfied their product. The changes to the are not very obvious from the as the grille was only slightly and the car now sits on 17“ ‘Tekna’-spec wheels, which give it a better stance.

Changes underneath the skin, go much deeper. One of the biggest in terms of vehicle packaging is the delivery module (charging which has been moved the boot to the front of the vehicle, the boot space to 370 litres litres before). The power unit has also been in size and weight, and now combines the inverter and electric motor to 32kg over the old setup.

One of the problems with EVs is the heating Traditional EVs ‘burn’ precious keeping occupants warm; in traditional combustion vehicles the hot air for the cabin is just a by-product of the To tackle this issue, has introduced a heat pump that they claim is 70% efficient than the current system in the original LEAF.

On top of driving range has been from 109 to 124 miles, which not seem like much on but in a real-life scenario 15 miles make all the difference, especially you are getting lost or stuck in

Through introducing two new driving (ECO and B-mode) . Nissan claim that the new LEAF is more efficient than ECO mode alters the throttle to discourage rapid acceleration, B-mode introduces regenerative As the first generation LEAF was available as one standardised version, can now choose between three versions: Visia (entry starting from £ incl. battery), Acenta spec, starting from 23,490) and Tekna (premium starting from £

For the first time Nissan offers battery leasing, cuts £ 5,000 off the purchasing price. Like ZOE. battery packs can be from only £70 a month, depending on monthly

These are the facts, but how does the car

The LEAF is very popular families, and when you sit in it, it becomes why. The driver and front sit nice and high in the new LEAF, very calm and protected. The seats are higher than the seats, as they are placed the battery pack whilst offering sufficient leg and headroom. the introduction of the new Tekna model, the can now also be ordered with a interior and black leather which are very comfy and sound.

The dials are clear and condensed, you exactly how much battery is left and which mode you are in, not bombarding you with any unnecessary What hasn’t changed is the which is still extremely and quiet, making for very driving experience. When the car is not in you can really feel the re-engineered which is direct and made the really fun to drive, especially on Norwegian mountain roads.

too good to be true.

Maybe it is, interior quality is something of a The dashboard is made from textured cheap plastic, crooked split lines. The big touchscreen appears to be stuck on and is not well into the dashboard’s shape.

The worst thing is that you can see the of the two materials meeting around the screen which is an absolute off, if you’ll forgive the

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Nissan decided to paint interior parts in gloss and sometimes even gloss on a smooth plastic surface, makes the interior look cheaper. This is, of course, but generally shiny plastics exactly shout ‘classy’. The quality is more that of an nineties Renault Twingo than something that is to be a ’state of the art’ electric

With an expensive drivetrain up funds the LEAF is certainly to a price, and perhaps it’s the that suffers for it.

The exterior has been discussed controversially and it still seems like the design is not fully resolved. The more conservatively styled with its long snout not really merge with the concave rear, as those two look like they to two completely different vehicles. The line does not solve problem, either, and its complexity and direction changes seem to all the weight of the car to the rear, leaving a lot of weight on the rear axle.

This makes the car look too and weight is not an attribute that you to be associated with an electric where lightness and efficiency everything.

In general, the exterior looks like it was supposed to a new electric form language but half way along the way it looks too to be a traditionally styled vehicle but too to be something truly new and fresh. said that, this of more conservative styling a little twist might to the family market much than a more brave, styling would.

To sum up, it’s to say that the second generation is a very impressive achievement in of technology and engineering. Nissan are proud and confident about product and they should be, it provides the driver and occupants a very sophisticated and refined driving experience.

The general impression is that driving a very safe, vehicle that you can trust. It is a shame that the unresolved styling and poor interior really lets it down, with the cheaper Renault Zoe breathing down its neck.

LEAF Tekna

Power: electric motor 0-62mph: Top Speed: 90mph Range: 124 Price: £25,490 with pack (incl. government Visia -spec is £15,995 + rental from £70 per

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