2016 Nissan Leaf reaches US with updated battery size and better range image

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.