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New Nissan LEAF Overview

Blah, blah, blah. Yes, we know the Nissan LEAF is powered only by electricity.

By Stephen Turvil
May 31, 2012
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Blah, blah, blah. Yes, we know the Nissan LEAF is powered only by electricity. We know it has a range of up to 109 miles too - and we know that this can vary according to the conditions. Racing uphill uses more power than rolling down, of course. We are also aware that it takes twelve hours to charge the Nissan LEAF via a standard home plug, but this can be reduced to eight by installing Nissan's 16A charging system. And yes, we know that an 80% charge can be completed in thirty minutes via a rapid charging point; the locations of which are stored in the vehicle's on-board navigation system. We also know – really, we do - that the zero emission LEAF costs £30,990 before the Government's £5,000 discount.

But that leaves us 'not' knowing the everyday stuff that is equally important. Never fear though... here come the key facts. The Nissan LEAF is about the size of a Ford Focus and has room for five people. It has a class competitive 330-litre hatchback-style boot too. Furthermore, it feels composed through corners, has a smooth ride, and sends 108bhp to its front wheels via auto transmission. It, therefore, hits 62mph in a reasonable 11.9 seconds. It is whisper quiet too, as there are no pistons thumping under the bonnet. The LEAF also has a tremendous specification. The reversing camera, key-less entry system, and touch-screen display are standard toys. Overall then, the LEAF is a 'proper' car – not one of those tedious battery powered milk float impersonators. Now, that is worth knowing.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 31, 2012