New Nissan LEAF lands on the Australian shores
The new Nissan LEAF has arrived in Australia and will go on sale at 89 Dealers nationally – the largest electric vehicle network in the country.
Priced at $49,990 plus on road costs - making it one of the most affordable electric vehicles on the market - the new, zero tailpipe emission Nissan LEAF embodies Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's approach to changing the way cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. The three key aspects of Nissan Intelligent Mobility exemplified by the new Nissan LEAF are Nissan Intelligent Driving, Nissan Intelligent Power and Nissan Intelligent Integration.
“Nissan is excited to have new Nissan LEAF on sale in Australia,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director Stephen Lester. “As the pioneer of electric vehicles globally, the new fully electric Nissan LEAF represents the future of Australian motoring. We are expecting to see a spike in EV sales in Australia and Nissan is best placed to look after electric vehicle buyers long after they've made their purchase.”
Available in a single high-spec grade, new Nissan LEAF has a contemporary exterior and interior design. It comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display, 7-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display, satellite navigation, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear leather-accented^ seats and space for five. Nissan LEAF also features e-Pedal. e-Pedal allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate, stop and hold the car by using the accelerator pedal alone without needing to use the brakes. It also features an Auto-Hold function.
It is also well appointed when it comes to safety. Awarded a maximum 5 star safety rating by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the zero tailpipe emission Nissan LEAF scored an impressive 93% in ANCAP's adult occupant protection test, 85% for child occupant protection and 71 % in the vulnerable road user protection test. It also scored well (70%) in the safety assist category thanks to its range of active safety technologies
Backing these results, new Nissan LEAF comes with a variety of advanced safety features including Intelligent Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning as standard equipment. It also features Intelligent Around-View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Driver Alert, front and rear parking sensors, six SRS airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, ISOFIX and three top tether child restraint anchor points.
Nissan LEAF is a mobile power source thanks to its Nissan Energy Share bi-directional charging capabilities. This means that, in future, Nissan LEAF customers in Australia will be able to use the vehicle to share energy stored in its battery with their home, business or even community. Whilst bi-directional charging is still a relatively new technology in Australia, Nissan is actively working with charging partners both locally and internationally, as well as various stakeholders in the energy, academic, government and business sectors in order to realise the benefit of this technology for Australian consumers.
“Bi-directional charging is potentially the next big advancement in transforming your EV into a more integrated part of your energy system,” said Stephen Lester. “The good news is the Nissan LEAF sold in Australia is bi-directionally capable from factory and is therefore future-proofed for the next big step within the wider EV ecosystem.”
The focal point of Nissan Intelligent Power in the new Nissan LEAF is the e-powertrain. Its powerful 40kWh battery outputs 110kW of power and 320Nm of torque providing instant acceleration, making this new generation of the world's most popular electric vehicle extremely fun to drive.
Ensuring range anxiety is reduced considerably, the new Nissan LEAF has a driving range of 315km (NEDC ADR 81/02 combined cycle) and a 270km indicative driving range (European WLTP combined cycle). With most city-based Australians driving a low 38kms a day, Nissan LEAF will satisfy the daily driving needs for the majority of buyers. While it can be fully charged within 24 hours using a standard home wall socket, the time drops to 7.5 hours if the household has the latest 7kW home charger. One can also plug their LEAF into a CHAdeMO rapid charger and get from alert to 80 % charge in around 60 minutes depending on charging conditions.
Offering a holistic EV purchase experience, a collaboration with JET Charge will assist customers with all of their home charging infrastructure needs, and via a partnership with Chargefox, Nissan hopes to help increase charging awareness, inspire future use and ready the country for the impending spike in EV sales.