At this weeks Tokyo motor show, Nissan revealed a new concept car, the IDS. This gives us a glimpse of the future and possible new leaf at some point. The Nissan IDS concept includes wireless inductive charging, a host of intelligent driving tools and rather interesting styling.
Just received a new delivery of EV Charging cables:
These are Type 1 to Type 2 cables for charging electric cars from public charging stations, like the two Nissan Leafs drinking in Godalming.
The cables are 5 meter 16Amp and fit cars with a standard Type 2 connector: Therse include the Leaf, Prisus Plug In, Ampera and the popular Mitsubishi Outlander Plug In.
Nissan announces new 30kWh battery for Leaf with longer range, alongside updated infotainment and new paint options
We’ve known about it for some time, but Nissan has finally revealed the full details of the 2016 range updates for the Leaf. The electric hatchback is set to get a 25 per cent range boost, an updated infotainment system and mild styling tweaks.
We’ve know about plans to upgrade the battery pack for the new Nissan Leaf for some time. The 30kWh pack is now available alongside the 24kWh battery, meaning a range that goes from around 110 miles up to a maximum of 155 miles. The downside is a modest 21kg weight penalty.
Nissan is so confident in the new battery pack’s stamina, it will be covered by a full eight-year 100,000-mile guarantee. Charging remains the same process as before, although charging a large pack will of course take longer at the same input levels.
Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, claims the range update “opens the world of EV to thousands of drivers across Europe who before just weren’t completely confident that an EV would work for them”. Adding that, “this extra range will make LEAF ownership an easy first choice, for many, many more drivers.”
Alongside the battery revision, the Japanese firm has taken the opportunity to introduce the latest-gen Nissan Connect touchscreen infotainment system to the Leaf EV. It features an update to the smartphone app which can remotely pre-heat and cool the Leaf, and is also able to tell you how much range you have left. It also gives details of charging points near you and lets you know you whether they are operating.
The touchscreen itself also gets a new interface, while a DAB radio and capacitive zoom for the satnav also feature. New exterior colours can be had (like the bronze hue above), while the roof-mounted aerial gets a new design.
Prices for the 2016 Nissan Leaf with the 30kWh pack start at £24,490 for Acenta spec, £1,600 more than the 24kWh Leaf that remains available with the cosmetic updates.
Visia trim comes with steel wheels, cloth seats and Bluetooth. Acenta adds alloy wheels, Nissan Connect EV, climate control, automatic headlights, reversing camera and privacy glass.
Tekna trim gets heated leather seats front and rear, a 360deg parking camera and a Bose sound system.
Yes, two red Nissan Leafs taking electric power from Sainsbury’s Electric Car charge point in Godalming. The store was recently refitted and extended and 10 electric car bays were added to the car park. Today a pair of Nissan Leafs were both charging.
The Nisaan Leaf takes 16Amps as standard and connects to a public charge point with a Type 1 to Type 2 Cable.
During a typical one hour shop the Leaf using the standard 3.3kW charger will take on board enough power for about 12 – 15 miles. A handy boost.
Today evinfo.co.uk has been rebranded to focus more on global information and less on the UK market and as such is now operating on the evinfo.info domain and URL.
The evinfo.co.uk will redirect to evinfo.info and readers will not miss any reports or news.
This change also coincides with the launch on the Evinfo electric vehicle charging cables. The fist cable is now on sale. This is the key cable for any Nissan Leaf driver as it provides the one neccassary cable to chage from any type 1, or standrd charge point to the Nissan Leaf type 2 connector. See Charging Cables for more information.
To celebrate the summer travel season, our friends at Nissan have just compiled their five best Electric Car drives in Europe with routes in five countries: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the U.K., and France. Nissan has identified five of Europe’s most breathtaking electric drives, using its all-electric LEAF – the world’s best-selling electric vehicle – and the e-NV200, its 100 percent electric van.
Nissan, the global leader in electric vehicles, travelled more than 125 miles along some of Europe’s most beautiful roads, taking in the incredible views and hooking up with the charging points en route.
During the trip, the LEAF and e-NV200 saved approximately 20 kg CO2 emissions, equalling the amount of CO2 a newly planted tree absorbs in a year. This saving illustrates a clear benefit for Nissan EV drivers as they hit the road this summer.
With over 184,000 LEAFs sold globally and more than 42,000 on Europe’s roads, the routes were designed to show off the range, driving capabilities and ease of its class-leading electric vehicles.
A convoy of electric vehicles experienced memorable routes in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and France.
“Our drivers have told us that the LEAF isn’t just a commuter car,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe. “We hope EV drivers are inspired by these picturesque routes and spend their summer weekends enjoying the scenic countryside in the serenity of a zero-emission Nissan EV.”
The first leg of the journey consisted of a drive between Rieti and Rome, transitioning from the Italian countryside to the urbanity of the country’s capital city.
The Electric drives are recorded on this YouTube video.
Hopping over to Spain, the second drive started out in Barcelona–where Nissan the e-NV200 for the European market–and continued along the Spanish coast.
Drives through Sweden and Denmark provided Nissan with a handy way to dispel the popular conception that electric cars can’t function well in cold climates.
This leg of the European tour included a drive over the eight-kilometer (4.9-mile) Øresund Bridge–the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.
Having visited the site of e-NV200 production, Nissan’s convoy also traveled around the North of England to Sunderland, where the Leaf is built.
The Nissan e-NV200 electric van
Nissan’s recommended U.K. trip included the area around the city of Bristol–which recently installed 100 electric-car charging stations.
The final route was a drive from Versailles to Paris, which will host a United Nations summit on climate change later this year.
Just might have to try out the Bristol loop later in the Summer.
The Economist just published an article on Electric Vehicle adoption and the impact on the recent oil price reductions.
The article is titled –
Why the low oil price will not harm sales of electric cars
“FILLING the tank is one of the more painful aspects of modern motoring as numbers whirr on the pump at wallet-draining speed. The falling price of oil has at least brought some relief to drivers. Indeed, it is widely assumed that tumbling oil prices will put a dent in the sales of electric cars, as internal combustion engines become increasingly cheap to run. Even carmakers such as BMW have admitted that they fear their battery-powered vehicles will take a hit. But for buyers of electric cars, the relative cost of refuelling is in fact a minor consideration. And the popularity of electric cars in the years to come will depend much more on improvements to their performance than on the oil price. ”
The article goes on to point out that Electric vehicles represent less than one million of the planets billion vehicles. They are not sold on price as none of them are at the low-end of the market and the Tesla towards the top end with a £60K model S. The best-selling Nissan Leaf is still far more expensive than a basic petrol engined Nisan car.
For sales to ramp prices need to fall and fall more than basic economics of scale from greater production volumes. In a Leaf the battery pack represents around half of the cost of the car. As better and more efficient battery packs are produced the cars selling prices can become more reasonable. This is the driving force behind Tesla’s Mega Factor now taking shape in the Nevada desert. If the price of the pack falls by 20% that accounts for a 10% reduction is total cost of the car.
The summary is that the developing EV industry faces many challenges and the success depends on overcoming these challenges but that low fuel price is not one of them,
Here at EVinfo HQ we have just upgraded our charging facility with a new Charge Master supply.
This was installed yesterday. The new Nissan Leaf long-term test vehicle will be with us on Friday. It will be a red Acenta model. This should be us very soon, except in red.