In 2018 global sales of plug-in light electric vehicles reached 2 million.
And in that same year, the Nissan Leaf was one of the top 5 best-selling electric cars in the country.
It is the most affordable electric car on the list, but in the past has lacked the same driving distances as some of the more expensive options.
So what does the latest Nissan Leaf range have in store? Read on to find out.
New for 2019 is the Nissan Leaf Plus. This is a new addition to the brand which is designed to have a longer driving range.
Let's take a closer look at both versions.
Any electric vehicle is only as good as its battery. And now with Nissan you have a couple of options.
The 2019 Nissan Leaf comes with a 40 kWh battery as standard.
This is a pretty decent-sized battery compared to some of its competitors. But there are much bigger batteries out there; the Tesla Model 3 has a battery twice the capacity, and the Model S reaches three figures. They also come with price tags to match
The new Nissan Leaf Plus range comes with a 62 kWh battery.
Not only will this give the Plus extra range, but it also gives it more power. The Nissan Leaf Plus is rated at 215 horsepower, compared to 147 horsepower for the standard Leaf. This means it will considerably quicker; although still not in the realms of "ludicrous."
For many, speed or battery capacity isn't an issue. All that matters is how far you can go between charges.
The standard Leaf has a range of around 150 miles between charges.
Whilst this isn't huge compared to some of its rivals, it's still plenty for many people. If you mainly use your car for a short commute to work, or for dropping off your kids and driving around town, then 150 miles should be more than enough.
If you're driving a long commute or taking longer trips, then you'll probably prefer a little more range.
The Nissan Leaf Plus has a range of up to 226 miles. Whilst it may not sound like a huge increase, it means that you can drive more than 50 percent further between charges. And that can make a huge difference, depending on what you use your car for.
This also puts the range of the Nissan Leaf Plus a lot closer to its more expensive competitors.
Another important factor to take into consideration is how long your battery takes to charge. If you're going on a trip that is further than your battery range, you don't want to have to spend an entire day waiting for your battery to top up.
If you're charging at home, this is likely to be Level 2 charging. This can be done straight from a wall socket. To fully recharge your 40 kWh battery using Level 2 charging, it would take around 8 hours.
Level 3 charging is much faster. There are many public DC Quick Charging stations across the country which offer this. In just 40 minutes, you can recharge your 40 kWh battery up to 80 percent, enough to get you another 120 miles in the time it takes to eat lunch.
The 62 kWh battery on the Nissan Leaf Plus is a larger battery, so takes longer to charge.
Level 2 charging will completely recharge your 62 kWh battery in around 11.5 hours. If you're charging at home, that's still quick enough for you to charge it overnight.
Using Level 3 charging, a 50 kWh quick-charge station can bring the battery up to 80 percent in just 60 minutes. And a 100 kWh quick-charge station can do the same in just 45 minutes.
And remember, the increased range of the Nissan Leaf Plus means that 80 percent charge should be enough to get you another 180 miles. That's further than a full charge of the standard Leaf.
The Nissan Leaf has always been one of the more affordable of the best-selling electric vehicles on the market. And although the longer range of the Nissan Leaf Plus does come at an increased cost, it still holds up well against its rivals.
The Nissan Leaf S, which is the basic model, starts at $29,990.
The SL, which includes the Nissan Navigation System, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather-appointed seats and a Bose sound system starts at $36,200. This makes it pretty comparable in cost to a Tesla Model 3 but with a lesser range.
In between these two, there's the SV version. It has a slightly lower spec and starts at $32,490.
The Nissan Leaf S Plus starts at $36,550. Again this is comparable to a Tesla Model 3, and it has a range to match it too.
The SV Plus starts at $38,510 and includes a door-to-door navigation system that includes 3D graphics.
But if you're looking for the very best Nissan Leaf money can buy, then you need to go for the SL Plus. This comes with ProPilot Assist, which isn't self-driving but can help to automatically keep your distance from the car in front, or keep you in your driving lane.
The Nissan Leaf SL Plus starts from $42,550.
If you're thinking about buying an electric vehicle from the Nissan Leaf range, then we're here to help.
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