Detroit: Improved charging for the Nissan LEAF image

Nissan LEAF drivers will be able to charge their electric car up much quicker.

The 2013 model, unveiled at the Detroit Show, will have a larger on-board 6.6kW charger, which reduces total charging time by nearly half, to around four hours.

Pierre Loing, Nissan’s product planning chief for the America’s, said: “This will be a big step forward for the LEAF addressing concerns over the range and charging time.

“We are also looking a easier ways to charge the car when people are at work. The LEAF is fine so long as the range can get you to work and back but if we can make charging at work easier then it opens the car up to more customers.”

The LEAF and its battery is built at Nissan’s US factory in Smyrna, Tennessee, while production of the car at the company’s UK plant at Sunderland is due to begin this spring.

Further changes to the car include new, energy efficient heating system and a new drive mode, which increases regenerative braking during deceleration.

Also shown off on the Nissan stand was the new Versa Note and the Resonance SUV crossover concept which Loing described as a look at possible new design directions.

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