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The new Nissan LEAF: the world's best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle now most advanced and accessible on the planet

The new Nissan LEAF: the world's best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle now most advanced and accessible on the planet

  • A new Nissan LEAF sold every 12 minutes in Europe
  • 100% electric power and range, dynamic design and advanced safety technology
  • Packed with the best of Nissan intelligent Mobility technology: ProPILOT advanced driver assistance and the innovative e-Pedal for enhanced driving pleasure and freedom
  • Fresh interior design and connectivity offering drivers more space with optimum functionality

Scotland (March 21st, 2018) – In just over a month since the new Nissan LEAF officially went on sale, Nissan has confirmed that it has received over 20,000 orders across Europe for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes, making it the fastest-selling electric vehicle in Europe.


The new Nissan LEAF is the next generation of the world's best-selling zero-emissions electric vehicle. More than 300,000 customers have chosen the LEAF since it went on sale in 2010 – and now this all-new model offers even greater range, improved dynamic design, class leading advanced driver assistance technologies and enhanced connectivity.


A new way of thinking

The Nissan LEAF is the icon of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. It is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.


This consumer proposition encompasses three main pillars; Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving; Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress; and Nissan Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology.


Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the new Nissan LEAF is a mobile power unit, allowing customers to manage their energy use either through home or office solutions.


Stylish design, ready for mass market love

With an overall length of 4.49m, width of 1.79m, height of 1.54m and a wheelbase of 2.70m, the new Nissan LEAF also features a sleek profile, sharp, dynamic look with excellent aerodynamics, and a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.28. Anyone familiar with Nissan design will recognise the signature boomerang-shaped lamps, ‘V-motion’ front surround, while the blue elements such as the front grille and rear bumper’s moulding highlight the 100% electric, zero emission character of the car.


It is available in the following 10 exterior colours: Arctic Solid White, Solid Red, Bronze Metallic, Gun Metallic, Spring Cloud, Blade Silver, Magnetic Red, Pearl White, Metallic Black and two-tone with Pearl White body & Metallic Black Roof.


Driver-centric interior

The new Nissan LEAF has a completely redesigned interior, which is focused on the driver and combines a clever use of space with optimum functionality. The ‘gliding wing’ design features vibrant blue stitching in the seats, dashboard and steering wheel, creating a relaxed ambience and high-quality feel. A 435-litre boot and foldable 60/40 split rear seat offers impressive storage options and maximum utility, making the new Nissan LEAF a perfect family car. Maximum luggage capacity with folded seats is 1,176 litres.


Greater range, more excitement

The new e-powertrain in the new Nissan LEAF delivers 110kW of power (150 HP) and 320Nm of torque, improving acceleration to 7.9s from 0 to 100 km/h (62mph), at the top of c-segment performance.


The new Nissan LEAF is the first EV to undergo WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure) and delivers a range of up to 168 miles on the Combined Cycle, or up to 258 miles in city conditions, on a single charge. For comparison with other EVs or previous generation LEAFs, the model is also rated to 235 miles on the outgoing NEDC test.


The WLTP test reflects real life situations more accurately. This means drivers can enjoy longer journeys, interconnected by the extended European CHAdeMO Quick-Charging network. Charging time from 20% to 80% (quick charging – 50kw) takes around minutes*, while it’s around 7.5 hours from alert to 100% with a 7Kw Wallbox.


* Time dependent on Charging conditions, including Quick Charger type and condition, battery temperature and size as well as ambient temperature at point of use.


Advanced safety features

The new Nissan LEAF offers drivers complete confidence when it comes to safety. Standard features from entry grade include six airbags (front, side and curtain), ISOFIX hook, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Warning are also standard from Visia grade, as is Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and cyclist Recognition.


Advanced safety technology systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also part of new Nissan LEAFs standard equipment.


Advanced driver assistance technologies

The new Nissan LEAF is packed with Intelligent Mobility innovative technology, including ProPILOT driver assistance for a safer, more comfortable drive and ProPILOT Park, for fully autonomous parking at the touch of a button.


ProPILOT is designed for use within a single lane on a highway, and is optimised for use in heavy traffic jam or in high-speed cruising scenarios


The driver can activate ProPilot as easy as a conventional cruise control by setting a desired cruising speed and distance. Supported by Radar and Camera, ProPilot will adjust the speed to traffic ahead and keep the car in the centre of the lane. It even manages traffic jam situations making the daily commute more relaxing and reducing fatigue.


In traffic jams, applying the same technology logic, ProPILOT will automatically manage distance to the car in front and apply the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After stopping, the vehicle will remain in place even if the driver's foot is off the brake. Once traffic restarts, the car will resume driving again automatically. If the traffic stops for over 3 seconds, ProPILOT will restart at a simple touch of the accelerator or by pressing on the steering wheel.


ProPILOT Park is hands off, feet off automatic parking function. ProPILOT Park works with parallel and bay parking (forwards or backwards entry), and will easily park the new Nissan LEAF when the driver selects one of the spots proposed by the system. By pressing the ProPILOT Park button, the new Nissan LEAF will fully manage the parking actions and automatically apply the parking brake when the manoeuvre is complete.


For an animation demonstrating Nissan’s ProPILOT technology in the new Nissan LEAF, which can be used for media purposes, please click here.


The e-Pedal

The new Nissan LEAF’s revolutionary e-Pedal technology transforms the way people drive by enabling acceleration, deceleration and full stop with the simple increase or decrease of the pressure applied to the accelerator. By releasing the accelerator, the car will decelerate and come to a complete stop, even hill holding, without the need to press the brake pedal. With a deceleration rate of up to 0.2G, the e-Pedal eliminates the need for drivers to constantly move their foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal to slow down or stop. This helps reduce fatigue and stress in daily city driving, allowing the driver to use the brake pedal up to 90% less than in conventional cars.


Outstanding Infotainment

The new Nissan LEAF’s improved 7 inch, full-colour (TFT) display highlights key features, including information from the audio and navigation systems.


The Latest version of the Nissan Connect EV Navigation System includes Bluetooth connectivity and DAB Radio. In addition to standard Navigation features it also includes real-time information on the nearest charge points. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available for enhanced connectivity (depending on market).


One of the most popular features in the original LEAF is the ability to set the car’s climate control to activate at a particular time, warming the car up or cooling it down before beginning a journey. This allows customers to save battery charge by warming or cooling the car from the mains supply while it is charging.


Customer choice – grades and options

The New Nissan LEAF is available in four grades – Visia, Acenta, N-Connecta and Tekna.












• 16"    Steel Wheels

• Full projector halogen    headlights with LED daytime running lights

• LED    Signature Rear Lights

• Body    coloured door mirrors with integrated LED turn signals

• Chrome door    handles

•    Illuminated Charging Port 



• 7" TFT    screen & Analog Combimeter

• Seats:    black knit fabric driver seat Manual (slide, recliner and lifter)

• Passenger    seat Manual (slide and recliner)

• Doors trim:    Cloth-D with Bio PET

• Rear Seats    folding (60/40)

•    Front centre armrest




• i-Key &    PES (Push Engine Start)

• Automatic    air conditioning (with Timer & Heater)

• Auto    headlights, Rain Sensor, Follow-me-home & Auto Hazard 

• Cruise    Control and Speed Limiter

• Audio    Switches and Meter Controls

• Front and    Rear Electric  Windows

• Tilt    adjustable steering wheel

• 12V socket    (x1) + USB 

socket    (x1) 



• AUDIO    system with 4 speakers (CD, AM/FM, USB, AUX)

• Intelligent    Emergency


• e-Pedal    (with regenerative    function)



• 50kW    Chademo Quick Charger

•    6.6kW on-board charger



• ABS, EBD,    Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist

• 6 Airbags    (front, side & curtain)


• Intelligent    trace control

• Euro NCAP    5*-rating *

• Intelligent    Emergency

Braking with    Pedestrian


• Lane    Departure Warning

• Intelligent    Lane Intervention

• Cross    Traffic Alert

•    Blind Spot Warning


*Results    early 2018.


• 16"    Alloy Wheels

• Front fog    lamps

• Electric    folding door mirrors



• Seats:    black recycled woven


• Leather    steering wheel withswitches



• Faster    heater (along with air conditioning)

• Intelligent    Cruise Control (ICC)



•    NissanConnect EV 7"• Android    Auto + Apple Carplay• 6 speakers

•    Rear View Monitor 
















































• 17"    Alloy Wheels

• Privacy    glass

• Electric    folding door mirrors

• Gloss black    B-pillar



• Part    leather/part cloth heated seats

• Leather    heated steering wheel



• Rear view    mirror (with Auto  Dimming)



• Intelligent    Around View Monitor

+ Moving    Object Detection

+ Intelligent    Driver alertness

+    Parking sensors 














































• Full LED    headlights with auto

levelling    system



• Door trim:    synthetic leather

• Leather    heated seats

• Leather    heated steering wheel



• Electronic    parking brake



• Bose    Premium Audio and

7 speakers  

•    ProPILOT 




















































• Temporary   spare wheel

• Parking   Sensors: 4 front

and   4 rear 






• Temporary   spare wheel



• Parking   Sensors: 4 front and 4 rear

• Heat Pack   (heated seats with a

heated   leather steering wheel) 









• Full LED   Headlights with Auto

Levelling   System

• 2 Tone Paint   white body and black roof & door mirrors



• Temporary   spare wheel



•   ProPILOT




• 2 Tone Paint   white body and

black roof   & door mirrors



• Temporary   spare wheel



• ProPILOT   Park 









New Nissan LEAF specifications



Overall length (mm)


Overall width (mm)


Overall height (mm)

1,530 (16”) and 1,540 (17”)

Wheelbase (mm)


Track width front/rear (mm)

1,540/1,555 (16”) 1,530/1,545 (17”)

Minimum ground clearance (mm)


Coefficient of drag (Cd)



205/55R16 or 215/50R17

Boot capacity w/o parcel shelf

435 litres




Curb weight from (kg)

1,580 (including 68kg for driver and 7kg for luggage)


Five passengers

Gross vehicle weight from (kg)






Lithium-ion battery


40 kWh


Electric motor


Maximum output

110 kW (150 ps)/3283~9795 rpm

Maximum torque

320 Nm (32.6 kgf・m)/0~3283 rpm




Cruising range

415 km / 258 miles (WLTP range, city cycle)

270 km / 168 miles (WLTP range, combined cycle)

378 km / 235 miles (NEDC)

Charging time (normal charging)

21 hours (10A, domestic supply) 7.5 hours (with new 7kW charger)

The LEAF can charge from 20% to 80%  **

 in around 60 minutes (50kW)

Maximum speed

144 km/h / 89mph


* Under conditions defined by EU law, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) laboratory test is used to measure fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars, as well as their pollutant emissions.

** Figures quoted are for a 40kWh battery. Time dependent on charging conditions, including charger type and condition, battery temperature as well as ambient temperature at point of use. Indicated rapid charging time requires use of a CHAdeMO rapid charger. The Nissan LEAF is designed to support the majority of journeys in daily life and is equipped with charging safeguards to protect the battery during repeated rapid charging sessions in a short period of time. The time taken for successive rapid charging can take longer if the battery temperature activates the battery safeguarding technology.

About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 495,645 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2017
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000.
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000


About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2017, the company sold 5.77 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30% increase in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolized by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined sales of more than 10.6 million vehicles in calendar year 2017.


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About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe.


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