The Nissan Leaf Makes It To The Big 10 For 2020
It’s been 10 years since the award-winning all-electric Nissan Leaf hit the city streets in 2010, and since then has rocked both the automotive and environmental world by becoming the first mass-market electric vehicle on a global scale.
The Leaf’s milestone birthday allowed the Japanese car company to ponder about the effect that the small electric hatchback has had on the shift to zero emissions transport, as well as the advancements the brand has made to the car during its decade-long reign.
“Over the past decade the journey of transformation with the Nissan Leaf represents the true innovation and advancements of EV development at Nissan,” said Helen Perry, head of electric vehicles at Nissan Europe.
As of now, more than 500,000 Leaf’s have been sold worldwide, with the company commenting that the car became a “debunker of myths and conceptions” that “kick-started” electric mobility.”
Nissan has promoted the increase in battery size by 160%, as well as driving range by 120% respectively from the first year of release.
During the electric compact’s first debut, its 24kWh was rated for 72 miles driving range by the North American-based EPA. Being dubbed as “ZE0”, the car’s first generation had an extensive list of upgrades between 2014-2015 to score a somewhat higher driving range of 84 miles.
Since then, the company has made considerable improvements to the battery size and therefore the driving range by default. The Leaf’s ZE1 model of the second-generation became the first to reform to a 40kWh battery with up to 149 miles of driving range in 2018.
Last year, Nissan revealed that it would be releasing a “long range” Leaf with a 62kWh battery that could cruise up to 226 miles on a single charge based on EPA “real world” figures.
“These increases have ultimately boosted customers’ confidence on the road,” says Nissan.
The Leaf stands alone on the market in the sense that its charging capabilities are bidirectional. Currently, 51 of these compacts are being used in an ANU trial to take advantage of their potential as mobile batteries with hopes of smoothing grid peaks and troughs. Additionally, It has already been used in Japan as a power source after natural disasters, and a short time ago was reconceived as an emergency vehicle by the company.
Nissan says that within its decade-long run, the Leaf has essentially been one of the main catalysts for the transition to electric vehicles in the automotive industry.
As stated by a European survey, Nissan customers said their experience of owning a Leaf meant that more than 90% would recommend their friends and family switch to electric vehicles, and three-quarters would buy another EV in the future.
“Customers continue to choose the Nissan Leaf for its powerful and agile driving experience supported by its advanced driving technologies such as the e-pedal. It is the perfect balance of exciting yet sustainable mobility,” says Perry.
As of October of this year, The Nissan Leaf is the third most popular electric vehicle sold in 2020 after the Tesla Model 3 and the Hyundai Kona Electric.
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