The Nissan LEAF is a groundbreaking 100 percent electric vehicle, built entirely within the UK, and owned by more than 65,000 customers worldwide to date.
Nissan has ensured that charging the LEAF is a simple process, and one that can be accessed either at home or while out and about. As an electric vehicle, the LEAF features zero emissions, but also takes advantage of top-of-the-line technology for smartphone connectivity and application synchronisation. Nissan has stated that LEAF stands for 'Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car', and the LEAF is capable of achieving all of these titles effortlessly.
Nissan has crafted the exterior of the LEAF to be functional and attractive. Careful consideration has been given to its streamlined nature, ensuring that it is not affected by wind lag, and thus improving performance. Motorists can customise the LEAF through seven different exterior colours, should this be desired.
Customisation options continue through to the interior, with Visia woven fabric, Acenta suede effect fabric, or Tekna leather available for the upholstery. There is also the option to heat the seats and the steering wheel, for added luxury in the cold months. As a five-seater family vehicle, the LEAF also provides enough room for all luggage, with the boot having a capacity of 370 litres. Technological functions are controlled through the seven-inch LCD screen, which joins with the dashboard in its futuristic-looking blue lighting.
Powered by an 30kwh AC electric motor, the LEAF will give a range of up to 150 miles (NEDC cycle). There are different charging levels provided, depending on the needs of the motorist. Home charging through a domestic plug socket will take approximately twelve hours. Charging through Nissan's Home Charging Unit can take between four and eight hours and, when put into rapid charge mode, the engine can go from zero to 80 percent charged in approximately half an hour.
Installed safety features include six airbags, positioned to surround the cabin and protect all occupants. ISOFIX anchorages are included for the easy installation of child safety seats, and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) works alongside the Traction Control System (TCS) for maximum stability.