In 2013, Nissan launched a new version of the LEAF. From a distance, it’s hard to see what changed. Looks-wise, it appears to be very similar to the 2010-2013 model. There were some new exterior paint colours, and the interior was no longer beige, but apart from that, it all looked very much “business as usual”. Under the skin though, the 2013 model has over 100 changes compared to the 1st Generation model.
In the 1st Generation LEAF, the power electronics which make up the drivetrain were all kept quite separately from each other. This was because whenever you have electrical components close to each other, there is a risk of electromagnetic interference. The entire powertrain was redesigned, to allow all of the components to sit together in the motor bay. This brought weight savings of 80kg, together with an extra 40 litres of boot space (due to the relocation of the charger from behind the rear seats).
At the same time, a new driving mode, “B” Mode, was introduced. The purpose of “B Mode” is to increase the car’s proclivity to use the regenerative braking function when the driver is “off throttle” on overrun. In addition, the speed at which the motor is able to regenerate power from this braking has been dropped to just 3km/h, meaning that the friction brakes (discs and pads) are only used under harsh braking, and for the final “stop” of the car – and hence they can last much much longer than a conventionally-powered car.
The motor itself had a redesign, to reduce the amount of dysprosium (rare earth metal) used in the rotor, and also to reduce the amount of torque at very low speeds and instead provide more mid-range torque (when it is more useful in urban driving).
Energy Saving Heat-Pump
With internal combustion engined vehicles, heat for the interior is taken from the heat created by the burning of fuel within the engine. Electric vehicles don’t create heat like this, so they require a separate heater to keep you warm in colder months. In the 1st Generation LEAF, the heater was an electrical element heater, which can be quite inefficient – sometimes the range of the vehicle could be halved if the heater was turned up high. So for the 2nd Generation LEAF, Nissan created a new Heat-Pump type heating system.
The simplest way to think of this is as Air Conditioning, but in reverse. So heat is absorbed from the atmosphere, compressed, and pumped into the cabin where it heats the air inside the car. It works incredibly efficiently (for every 1kW of energy used to run the heat pump creates 3kW of heat energy inside the vehicle), so that within 30 seconds of turning on the heater in the LEAF, warm air at 30°C will be blown out of the dashboard vents. This means that in Winter, the range of the LEAF is not significantly compromised by the use of the heater.
Because of the weight savings made by the new drivetrain, together with a more efficient motor and improved regenerative braking, the official range of the LEAF increased from 106 miles to 124 miles on the NEDC test.
A number of little changes have been made to the LEAF over the 1st Generation model. You can now open the charge flap on the front of the car using a button on the key fob. There is also an LED light under the charge flap, so that you can see the sockets if plugging in at night-time. The suspension has been tuned to give a slightly firmer ride to suit European roads. The driver’s seat is height adjustable. The dashboard can now show battery percentage, to give a more accurate battery reading.
The 2nd Generation LEAF is available in different trim levels, with a new entry level “Visia” trim, mid-range “Acenta” (roughly similar to the trim level of the Gen1 LEAF), and a new top-of-the-range “Tekna” trim (complete with leather heated seats and steering wheel and 17″ diamond cut alloy wheels). Also on offer is a new optional 6.6kW on-board charger, which can charge the 24kWh battery in just 4 hours when plugged into a compatible 32A chargepoint.
- 4 Speakers
- Black woven bio-fabric seats
- 16″ Steel wheels
- Halogen headlights with “follow me home” function
- Electric folding mirrors
- Black suede effect bio fabric seats
- Driver’s armrest
- Carwings EV Telematics System, with touch screen, Bluetooth, Navigation
- Rear View Camera
- 6 Speakers
- Cruise Control & Speed Limiter
- Digital Automatic Climate Control
- Auto headlights & rain sensing wipers
- Heat pump cabin heater
- 16″ Alloy wheels
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated door mirrors
- Bose audio system with 7 speakers
- Around View Monitor with Park Assist (4 cameras)
- Black leather interior
- LED headlights with “follow me home” function
- 17″ Alloy wheels
Current offers from Chorley Nissan
Chorley Group have a number of low-mileage 2nd Generation LEAF, with fantastic finance deals available from just £149 per month.
eg. 2015 Nissan LEAF 24kWh Acenta (6.6kW charger). Just 6000 miles from new. Price: £11,261.00
3 Year PCP (6k miles per annum): 3.9% APR, £1,000 deposit contribution, free home charger, two years free servicing.
- Deposit Contribution: £1,000.00
- Customer Deposit: £1,687.94
- Monthly Payment: £149.00 x36
- Guaranteed Final Value: £3,951.16
or 3 Year 0% APR Hire Purchase, £1,000 deposit contribution, free home charger, two years free servicing.
- Deposit Contribution: £1,000.00
- Customer Deposit: £4,897.00
- Monthly Payment: £149 x36
All Chorley Nissan branches have used Nissan LEAF available. So please contact them directly to find a LEAF to suit your requirements.