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NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

Nissan branches out: in SA


TURNING A NEW LEAF: If you’re a low-mileage live and work in a city or a quick-charger equipped Nissan the Leaf could pay dividends…eventually. Nissan

The Nissan Leaf, by Nissan as the world’s first battery car at its debut in 2010, much fanfare in the auto It appealed to techno-hippies and drivers to reduce their environmental in the form of a “cute” electric

Despite grumbles regarding its (read: Range), Nissan 87 000 units sold globally.

2013 Nissan Leaf


So the Leaf has arrived in Africa (November 2013) to the first EV available locally.

how useful is a car that takes hours to recharge and has a theoretical of 195km? Wheels24 attended the SA of the Leaf in Sandton, Gauteng, to out. We also interviewed the local owner of Nissan’s EV, Greg Ball. who shares his on the Leaf .

First, let’s rip the bandage off and reveal the price – 000. Before the (admittedly) seething begins consider the Leaf is and why you might want Or not.


The Leaf is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack to an 80kW/245Nm AC motor which power to the front wheels a single-speed gearbox. Its electric enables it to accelerate from in 11.5 seconds to a top speed of 145

According to Nissan, the Leaf has a of 195km (comparable to two litres/100km) zero CO2 emissions. It’s long, 1.7m wide, high and has a 2.7m wheelbase. clearance is 160mm.


In the Leaf is a vanilla hatchback and high praise for Nissan, its EV isn’t meant to confuse with gadgetry and tech. For all the of bucks Nissan poured technology powering the Leaf, it like a conventional car; start, radial gear (Park, Drive, Neutral, and a foot-operated parking brake.

Its rating of 80kW might not be considering its 1.8-tons but the instantaneous, torque more than up for it. The Leaf accelerates swiftly but the grunt needed for highway The ride is supple and there’s feedback from steering.

The major difference between the and a fossil fuel-powered car is during as the EV doesn’t make a sound.

you’re zipping, silently, at traffic lights or speeding a highway, the readily available makes for a compelling drive. The is comfortable, the handling firm and it’s a passable city Its low centre of gravity, courtesy of the of its battery, makes it very through bends.

Nissan a range of 195km though in I found this dropped to 160km when driving Using the aircon and seat-heating diminish it even further and driving will see your drop alarmingly.

Is it worth half a million rand for an hatchback? The 87 000 owners around the believe so…

An LCD screen displays such as range and energy It tells drivers of their energy consumption – using the seat-heating and flat-footing it will vehicle range. A gauge in the of a “growing tree” on the instrumentation displays how economical your style is – a fully grown is ideal, just a trunk you’re rapidly depleting

It’s a rather clever way of more economical driving at the of making you paranoid as you’re monitoring gauges.


can keep the battery pack up via a home-charge unit supplied the vehicle. It allows the EV to be charged in hours drawing power the normal domestic supply. As of Phase 1 of the SA Leaf programme, has installed quick-charge units at dealers in Gauteng.

The quick station enables “an 80% charge zero in 30 minutes and is free.

will roll out quick-charge at dealers in Cape Town and in 2014.


The Leaf’s isn’t as revolutionary as its power The steering-wheel, facia and aircon are unchanged from previous It does however benefit a slick LCD and blue digital

The only uncommon features the Leaf’s digital gauge and radial drive shifter.

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

space is ample and its luggage 450 litres, can be expanded to 720 with folded. Its roof spoiler has a panel which feeds the 12-volt battery to minimise the of ancillary systems such as the


And then there’s the elephant in the room, BMW’s i3. The Leaf can enjoy its time in the until 2014 when first electric vehicle, its new “i” sub-brand, will reach SA. to the automaker it might retail at than R500 000 — like the Leaf.

If you’re not to make the jump to a 100% ride you could opt for Toyota’s or Honda’s CR-Z hybrid


Automakers are making and bounds in battery vehicle as is evidenced by Nissan’s Leaf, wing and the electric Formula 1 set to be held in 2014. The future of driving looks bright, the is we’re not there yet…

The is an experiment in changing South mindsets and Nissan is under no that sales might be low.

It doesn’t matter how you like the idea of the electric Leaf – if it doesn’t suit lifestyle, it won’t work for An outdoor enthusiast might buy an SUV or to suit his/her lifestyle, with Nissan’s EV lifestyle have to revolve around

Range would be a constant more so than driving an combustion car as it’s not always to top-up if you’re running low on at least until recharging is improved. Perhaps the government or parties could roll out stations that could more EVs.

The Leaf is a vehicle not just for an EV but it’s of holding its own against comparable with the exception of distance. I Nissan could’ve had much success with a fossil-fueled In fact, if it borrows commercial Renault’s 1.6 diesel (used in the or its 2014 Micra’s engine. R200 000 off the price tag, it have a popular C-segment

The Leaf suffers from range anxiety in its drivers, infrastructure, and a lingering image that afflicts all EVs, as Tesla’s burning vehicles PR nightmare.

If you’re patient to work around its flaws, the could provide a satisfying, eco-friendly hatchback. The caveat, of is that in most cases, want an old-fashioned internal vehicle on standby. If you’re a driver, live and work in a or better yet near a quick-charge dealer, the Leaf could pay eventually.


Nissan Leaf – 000

The Leaf is sold with a year or 100 000km warranty and year or 90 000km service with intervals at 15 000km. A or 100 000km roadside assistance is standard along with a or unlimited distance anti-corrosion

Services are interesting in that do not have moving parts to Instead, at 15 000km intervals, will run diagnostics on the batteries and

NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto
NISSAN Leaf – Electric Car Acenta 80kW Auto

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