Nissan Leaf is leading the charge for Nissan Australia

The volume of Nissan’s Australian electric vehicle production will rise to one-third of their total production.

That’s why the launch of the 4-kWh Nissan Leaf in Sydney on October 4 signifies a new era of electrification for the company; and Nissan is well on the way to being prepared for the anticipated spike in the purchasing of electric vehicles.

Managing Director Stephen Lester said, “By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrification a reality.

“I have no doubt electric vehicles will be a success here, and sooner than many think, and Nissan is planning for this now to ensure we meet the future needs of the buyer.”

Nissan is unable to confirm pricing at this stage, but deliveries are expected to start in mid-2019.

“A study by Zero Carbon Australia tells us that, on average, city-based drivers have a 38km daily commute, so daily re-charging is not necessary,” Lester says.

“Also, with a conscious mindset of overnight charging well in place thanks to mobile phones, most Australians are unlikely to have range issues.”

The Nissan Lead is expected to have a 270km range on a single charge.

The car has an improved 110kW of power – up 38% on the outgoing model – and 320Nm of torque, an increase of 14% over the first generation.

Australian specifications include an e-Pedal to start, accelerate, stop and hold the car; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

These new features, plus the increase in power and torque, stylish new design and bi-direction (car to home) charging capabilities, are some of the key drivers in attracting repeat Leaf buyers and potential new customers to Nissan’s award-winning EV, the company says.

Charging times vary depending on the connection, but range between 24 hours to a less than 60 minute fast-charge.

The arrival of the new Leaf is a big deal for the industry with more than 3,500 equiries and expressions of interest already received.

Source: – Leaf leads the change for Nissan Australia

24 Oct 2018

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