Two battery options for the 2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric car technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. While that's great from a usability perspective, a fear of imminent obsolescence must make some potential owners very reluctant to part with their cash.

Take the Nissan Leaf, for example. Improvements introduced at the beginning of 2013 lifted its range from 109 to 124 miles (175 to 200 kilometres). Now, the availability of a 30 kWh battery pack for 2016 sees that figure again increase to 155 miles (250 kilometres).

Such a significant rise is the result of a revised cell layout and redesigned electrodes. Weight is up by 21 kg (46 lbs), but the recharging process is the same as before.

Nissan Leaf (2016 European Spec) Front Side

Another upgrade for 2016 is the new NissanConnect EV infotainment system. Standard on the Acenta and Tekna trim grades, it brings a 7” capacitive touchscreen, better satellite navigation and a digital radio.

One main feature of NissanConnect EV is remote control via a smartphone. This includes cabin pre-warming and pre-cooling functions that can be activated while the car is still plugged in, thereby saving battery energy for driving.

Nissan Leaf (2016 European Spec) Rear Side

Sales of the 30 kWh Nissan Leaf are due to begin during December. UK on-the-road prices are £1,600 greater than the existing 24 kWh version, which remains part of the range.

Trim grade 24 kWh 30 kWh
Visia £20,790 N/A
Acenta £22,890 £24,490
Tekna £24,890 £26,490
All prices are net of the government Plug-in Car Grant.
Key options
6.6 kW onboard charger (all grades) £1,150
Solar cell charger (Acenta and Tekna only) £300

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