Meet the Nissan LEAF: why it’s one of the best electric cars

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Nissan LEAF 2022

Photo: Nissan LEAF 2022 / Courtesy

The Nissan LEAF is an electric compact, segment C, manufactured by the Japanese company since 2009. The second generation is currently being marketed, presented in 2017 and updated for 2022.

This model stands out for having an excellent price-product ratio, thus being one of the most consolidated and popular electric cars in the world market. It can achieve an electric range of up to 240 miles.

It is manufactured at Nissan plants in Japan (Oppama, Tochigi and Yokohama) and the United Kingdom (Sunderland).

The competition between electric cars has been pretty tough of late. Everything has been very close between the Volkswagen ID.3, the CUPRA Born, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, the Hyundai Ioniq electric, the MINI Electric and the electric Renault Mégane E-TECH.

Rear of the 2022 Nissan LEAF. (Photo: Nissan)

The exterior line of this car is totally unmistakable, with a sporty front end and at the rear it somewhat resembles another model of the brand such as the Nissan Micra.with much more marked lines and the presence of the increasingly used “floating roof”.

The LAEF has softened its forms to offer a more conventional design, more of a conventional used car. It still has a design in which aerodynamics has been given a lot of relevance, with an almost covered front and completely faired underbody. At the rear, the diffuser has been integrated into the bumper.

Nissan LEAF 2022. (Photo: Nissan)

engine and transmission

This Nissan LEAF has two engine and battery options, and can be recharged in any case with external power outlets with a maximum power of up to 50 kWh.

The basic option has an electric motor that develops 150 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The response of this engine is much more instantaneous and forceful from standstill than an equivalent thermal engine.

From then on the absolute power is not much, and from 75 miles per hour the car consumes the battery quickly. Top speed is 90 mph.

This first access motorization is associated with a 40 kWh lithium-ion storage battery, enough to travel up to 168 miles.

While the top version has a motor with 218 hp and 340 Nm of maximum torque, associated with a 60 kWh battery pack. with which they can reach 239 miles of autonomy.

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