The second largest Japanese automaker has delivered the 2016 model year Leaf to the US with important tweaks – though most of them are out of sight.
Naturally when talking about a fully electric vehicle the most important update that can be had concerns the battery pack – with the Leaf now boasting a bigger 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack offered as standard equipment starting with the mid-range SV trim which is up for grabs from $34,200. The top model is the SL (from $36,790) and the entry-level S (from $29,010, all prices without federal tax credit) has retained the older 24 kWh pack that is good for 84 miles (135 km). The new addition brings a longer range of EPA-rated 107 miles (172 km). The updated battery pack also comes with technical enhancements, including a faster charging setup – it goes to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. A normal charging system (level 2, 240V) will deliver a full battery in about six hours.
The other tweaks for the 2016 model year include additional equipment for the base S trim level, such as the NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps and a 5-inch screen. The higher levels come with NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps and an enhanced 7-inch display. Aslo on offer are three new hues: Deep Blue Pearl, Coulis Red and Forged Bronze. The Leaf, introduced back in 2010, is the world’s best selling battery-operated electric vehicle and also tops the EV charts in the US, with the company claiming a class-leadership in terms of range with the 2016 updates.