Nissan LEAF 30kWh front view Nissan hopes to convince the public’s perception on the performance, practicality and perception of EVs with the introduction of the new LEAF 30 kWh an updated Nissan LEAF that gives drivers 250 km of motoring range, beating all of its competitors in the segment.

This remarkable achievement one that opens up a new world of opportunity for drivers is made possible thanks to the introduction of a new 30kWh battery. The new battery is the highlight of an update package that will see the 2016MY LEAF 30 kWh reinforce its position as the most capable and practical electric vehicle in the world, and with the best value.

The LEAF’s new 30kWh battery delivers a longer range with no compromise on internal packaging. Available on Acenta and Tekna trim grades, it has exactly the same exterior dimensions as existing 24kWh unit and only a modest 21 kg increase in weight. The result? A car that goes significantly further while offering the same practicality and usability as previous versions.

Key to the new battery’s higher performance is an update to its internal design and chemistry. The introduction of a high capacity cathode improves performance, while the change to the cell layout also contributes to the gain. Indeed, Nissan is so confident about the performance and reliability of the new battery that the capacity of the new 30kWh battery will be covered by an eight year, 160,000 km warranty.

Recharging the LEAF’s new 30kWh battery is as easy and stress-free as it is with the current 24kWh unit. Just as with the current LEAF, customers will be able to recharge from their homes, from public chargers, or from the network of Quick Chargers (3 phase, 400V) rapidly expanding across European the best EV network available.

Quick charging time remains at just 30 minutes to charge the LEAF from 0-80% exactly the same period of time it takes the 24 kWh battery to achieve the same level of charge. One of the LEAF’s most celebrated and useful features is its ability to interact with and be controlled remotely by its owner via NissanConnect EV.

From being able to check charge status to preheating the cabin on a cold winters days, owners across the world have used this advanced smartphone-enabled telematics facility to make life even easier. NissanConnect EV not only brings greater comfort but also improves driving range, thanks to the ability to preheat or precool the cabin without using battery energy.

The LEAF 30 kWh introduces a significant update to this unique technology with a new NissanConnect EV system that replaces the previous Carwings setup. It retains all the acclaimed elements of the original system, but adds new features a much simplified activation process and a new design.

One of the many advances of the new NissanConnect EV system is the new charging map that is capable of showing which charging points are available and which are being used. Designed to offer seamless integration with the new generation NissanConnect EV infotainment system, it also features a completely revised navigation system, maintenance alerts and a car finder facility.

All Acenta and Tekna 2016MY LEAF models are equipped with the latest evolution of the brand’s acclaimed NissanConnect EV infotainment system. Featuring a new interface and digital radio receiver, it also offers a capacitive 7inch touchscreen that allows owners to zoom in and out of maps and flick between menus just by moving their fingers on the screen.

The LEAF 30 kWh also introduces a number of subtle exterior design changes including a new roof-mounted aerial along with the availability of a new color Bronze. Roll out is set for January next year in Europe, with final price and specifications for individual markets expected thereafter.

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Edited: Nissan Europe