At the exhibition in Las Vegas CES 2019, Nissan introduced the Leaf e+ — a new version of the Leaf of the second generation. Updated electric was one of the most anticipated presentations of the exhibition, since all wanted to learn its new features.
The main characteristics of the Nissan Leaf e+ 2019:
- battery capacity 62 kW⋅h;
- predicted range of 364 miles on the EPA standard;
- motor power 160 kW;
- torque 340 N * m;
- new CHAdeMO charging system with a capacity of 70 kW with a peak load of 100 kW.
It is expected that new Leaf e+ will provide the mileage of the electric vehicle to 364 km on the EPA cycle, thanks to the battery 62 kWh Current Leaf with a battery capacity of 40 kWh provides a range of 243 miles, so the Leaf e+ will get 120 km more range. The larger battery pack also does not take much additional space, adding about 0.5 cm overall height with 16-inch wheels — other sizes are not changed.
Leaf e+ provides an increase in peak engine power by 36% from 110 kW to 160 kW. Since torque is a little higher, expected better acceleration, especially in the range of higher speeds.
For battery larger Nissan has developed a quick charging system with a capacity of 70 kW with a peak load of 100 kW (possibly with a certain state of charge and temperature), which should provide fast-charge time similar to the current Leaf capacity of 40 kWh.
From the point of view of appearance, Leaf e+ is not much different from the ordinary Leaf of the second generation, and the logo “e+” under the cover of charging port. The infotainment system is controlled by increased 8-inch screen and new software.
Nissan has updated the e-Pedal to account for the increase in the Leaf mass of e+. It will also provide a more complete regenerative braking, allowing the driver to more effectively stop using only the electronic pedal.
With regard to the main disadvantage of the electric vehicle, the passive cooling system, battery, change has not occurred, this improved battery pack manufactured by LG is still using the old system of air cooling and not liquid cooling, which many other manufacturers of electric vehicles used to maintain the temperature, but according to representatives of Nissan, the components of the battery now Packed tighter and will work much longer. At that time, as the battery is air-cooled easier and simpler than the unit with liquid cooling, which is a constant excuse Nissan for their system, it will disappoint many users as the charging system responds to the heating of the battery and reduces the charging power, thereby greatly increasing the charging time. The warranty on the new battery is 8 years or 160 000 mileage.
Sales of electric cars will start in a few weeks in Japan will begin spring in the US and Canada, in Europe — mid 2019. The estimated price of base model $ 36 000.
The Nissan Leaf remains best-selling EV in history with more than 380,000 sales in 2010 (including more than 128 000 in the USA). Time will tell whether the Leaf will allow e-Plus to remain the leaders in sales of electric vehicles in the world.
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