The Nissan Leaf – The World’s Best Known Electric Car
For most people the Nissan Leaf is synonymous with EVs. Nissan broke the mould when they launched the original Leaf in 2011. It truly was the first electric vehicle with mass market appeal. The Nissan Leaf then took the world by storm with well over 400,000 sold by the end of 2019.
The Nissan Leaf has captured the attention of second hand electric car buyers as it offers a worry-free purchase. The Leaf is an incredibly reliable car and has a 5-star NCAP rating for safety. The fantastic Japanese build quality that Nissan offers combined with the simplicity of an electric drivetrain provides an easy ownership proposition. At JustEVs, we have a wealth of experience and knowledge with the Nissan Leaf as we have been working with them since the beginning. If you have any questions about the car, please do get in touch and we will be happy to offer our expert opinions.
The 40kWh version of the Nissan Leaf came as part of the 2.Zero second generation Nissan Leaf launch in 2018. The 40kWh Leaf comes with a completely different and refreshed aesthetic as well as some brilliant technological advances such as the much larger 40kWh battery pack and drivability enhancements like the e-Pedal (shown below.)
The Nissan Leaf Acenta
The Nissan Leaf 40kWh Acenta showcases most of the great advances the 40kWh Leaf has over the 30kWh model that preceded it. The main features are listed below, however please do feel free to get in contact with any questions you may have.
Features and Specification
All Nissan Leafs come with a great specification as standard. Nissan have achieved an engineering marvel with their flagship electric car. It is incredibly well built and super reliable. They all drive brilliantly and offer a fantastic balance of range, performance, comfort, and price.
The Nissan Leaf Acenta is a very well specified car with lots of standard features including:
- App controls for pre-heating the car
- Satellite Navigation
- Touchscreen Multimedia System with DAB/Aux/USB/Bluetooth media playing capabilities
- Climate Control
- Reversing Camera
- e-Pedal – as shown above
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Heatpump heating system for maximum efficiency
- Active thermal management for the traction battery (for maximum range and longevity)
Range and Charging
The Nissan Leaf 40kWh is a big step up in battery size from the original 24kWh and 30kWh cars. The range is pushed up towards 150 miles in real world range (depending on driving style and conditions.) This Leaf still retains the solid and reliable construction of previous Nissan batteries; as such it is covered by the same 8 year or 100,000 mile battery warranty.
The 40kWh Nissan Leaf is also fitted with D/C Rapid Charge and a Chademo connector. This allows the car to charge up in around 35 minutes (0-80%) on a public rapid charger. On most longer journeys, this high speed charge means that with even a short stop, you can add a great boost of charge to your electric vehicle. Alongside the Chademo connector is the Type 2 connector for charging at home, work, and on public fast chargers.
A Super Safe Vehicle
Below is an excerpt from Parkers Online Reviews in regard to the Nissan Leaf’s safety systems and rating:
Full five-star rating in more rigorous Euro NCAP tests
Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard
When tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 under the organisation’s more rigorous crash-testing regime, the Nissan Leaf scored a full five-star rating. The Nissan Leaf carries a cutting-edge image – and supports this with plenty of safety tech.
The following is all included as standard:
Electronic stability control (including Nissan’s Intelligent Trace Control for safer high-speed cornering)
Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
The full 5-star NCAP rating was tested under the new rules and is an extremely high standard. The Leaf surpassed all of the requirements to get the maximum safety result for you and your family.
At JustEVs, we love the Nissan Leaf. It has been with us since the beginning and we have worked with every iteration of this fantastic EV. We honestly believe the Nissan Leaf to be one of the best options for a used electric car. It never ceases to amaze us how well built these cars are. Even examples that are now nearing 8 years old or have 150,000+ miles are still going strong without any build quality issues at all.
It is a perfectly sized vehicle for British roads. Small enough to fit in every car park but big enough to fit 5 adults and a lot of luggage in the cavernous boot.
The Nissan Leaf really should be top of your list when looking for a second hand electric car. Be it a 24, 30, or 40 kWh model, the Nissan Leaf will not disappoint.