Nissan Leaf has been updated for 2022.
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On the outside, there are some subtle changes that only the most avid Leaf fans will notice, the most notable of which is the introduction of new 16- and 17-inch black alloy wheels.
Additionally, new Nissan logos are installed on the wheels, front grille and rear. Two new colour options join five solid and five two-tone options called Pearl Blue and Magnetic Blue.
There are two battery options, the larger with a range of up to 239 miles. The latest ProPilot technology means the 2022 Leaf can stop, start and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead without requiring the driver to use the brake pedal, while the e-Pedal system gives the driver the option to accelerate and decelerate using only the accelerator pedal.
The infotainment system features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the NissanConnect Services app – available from N-Connecta trim levels upwards – provides remote controls such as setting the air conditioning before getting in the car.
Drivers who have an Amazon Alexa device at home can also connect it to their vehicle for additional convenience features.
Arnaud Charpentier, Regional Vice President of Product Strategy and Pricing at Nissan, said: “The Nissan Leaf has been committed to making advanced technology and the thrill of electric driving accessible to everyone with more than 577,000 customers worldwide.
“The Leaf was designed around the needs of the family to provide seamless connectivity and an efficient powertrain.”
“Nissan is writing an exciting chapter in its Electric Vehicle history as Electric Vehicles become more commonplace. As we leverage our Electric Vehicle expertise, we will introduce 23 new Electric Vehicle models (including 15 all-electric vehicles by 2030. ), the Leaf has played a key role in shaping Nissan’s vision for enhanced mobility and beyond.”
Nissan Leaf a brief history
Nissan celebrated 10 years of the all-electric LEAF in 2020, the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle. The pioneering LEAF hit the roads in December 2010. First sold in Japan, Europe and America, it’s now driven in 59 markets. Customers worldwide have bought more than half a million LEAF electric cars.
Nissan’s vision was to respond to urbanization and industrial growth by making cars that don’t emit carbon dioxide but are still fun to drive. The first-generation LEAF had strong acceleration and handling, and provided a smooth ride. Unique features allow drivers to check the car’s battery level or remotely control the air conditioner using their mobile phone. The first model was powered by a 24 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery. When fully charged, it has a range of 200 kilometres or 124 miles.
Nissan worked with governments, municipalities and power companies to promote electric vehicles and develop integrated charging infrastructure. When LEAF first came out, there were about 200 Rapid chargers in Japan. Today, there are more than 30,000 such chargers worldwide.
Nissan made history, and the world took notice: the LEAF became the first electric car to win several prestigious awards, including European Car of the Year 2011, World Car of the Year 2011 and Japan Car of the Year 2011 and 2012”.
Two years after the launch of the LEAF, Nissan became the first company in the world to introduce a system that allows customers to share electricity between their homes and cars. With the Vehicle-to-Home system, LEAF owners can store energy in the car’s battery and take it home when needed. You can charge your car battery when demand and tariffs are lower and use it at home during peak hours.
At the same time, LEAF began to have an impact on natural disasters that cut power. It acts as an emergency power source on wheels and also stores energy when needed. In Maui, Hawaii, the LEAF participated in a smart grid project and helped stabilize the grid.
Improvements to the electric powertrain, gave the LEAF more power and extended its range to 228 km. This gave drivers extra peace of mind as they planned how and when to charge their batteries. More range didn’t mean bigger components. In fact, the new electric powertrain was smaller. The volume was reduced by 30% and mass by 10%. Reduced power consumption also enabled new perks, like heated seats and steering wheel.
It was time to make history again. The second-generation LEAF introduced unprecedented technologies that boosted enjoyment, convenience and efficiency. These included the e-Pedal for one-pedal driving and ProPILOT advanced driver assistance. A new electric powertrain increased power output by 38% to 110 kilowatt and torque by 26% to 320 Newton metres, providing an exhilarating driving experience. The new lithium-ion battery was no bigger than those that came before, yet had 67% more energy density than the 2010 model and offered a range of 400 kilometres or 248 miles.
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