Nissan has put its longer-ranged 62kWh E+ Leaf into full production, following the success of a limited edition model with a longer EV range.
The second-generation version of the Sunderland-built Leaf was initially fitted with a 40kWh electric motor, but in January the Japanese manufacturer introduced the 3.Zero E+ Limited Edition model, which benefits from a more powerful 62kWh setup.
While first deliveries of this limited edition model don’t start until the summer, Nissan has already taken the decision to put it into full production.
The E+ increases the range of the standard Leaf from 168 to 239 miles, which puts the range more in-line with newer EVs with longer ranges – such as the Hyundai KONA Electric, Kia e-Niro and newly-launched Tesla Model 3.
As well as offering more usability, the E+ also offers more power, with the model producing 214bhp – up from 148bhp. This increases the top speed from 90mph to 97mph, as well as dropping the 0-60mph time from 7.7 seconds to 6.9 seconds.
The new E+ builds on the already-high spec of the Tekna model, which features full LED lighting, part-leather seats and a Bose sound system, with the only visual differences being metallic blue front bumper accents and an embossed charging port.See Available Nissan Leaf deals
Nissan has taken the decision to increase prices of the Leaf by £2,000, with increased market demand and inflation being to blame for the rise, although it’s still one of the more affordable EVs on sale, with prices starting from £27,995 for the 40kWh model, and rising to £35,895 for the E+.