Nissan Leaf (1st Gen)

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Nissan hasn't made huge upgrades to the Leaf for 2017 but it has made some noticeable improvements.

Model Year

2017

Range

Based on EPA cycle

107miles (172 kms)

Engine Power

Peak power output from the electric engine.

80kW

Price

MSRP - Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price

US$30,680

Performance

Top Speed

93mph

Acceleration

10.4seconds (0-60 mph)

Battery Capacity

More capacity means more range

30kWh

Charging

Level 1 (120v)20 hours
Level 2 (220-240v)7 hours (the SV model brings this down to 6 hours).
Level 3 (CCS)

Specs

Body TypeHatchback
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Torque184 lb-ft
Passenger Capacity-
Cargo Capacity24 cu-ft

Sales Data (USA)

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Cumulative Sales to Date (USA)

Nissan Leaf (1st Gen) Pros & Cons

The Nissan Leaf is arguably the most famous electric vehicle in the world. Nissan has sold over 250,000 units since the Leaf was launched in 2010, making it one of the best selling EVs of all time.

Upgraded Battery

Nissan didn’t seriously upgrade the Leaf for 2017 but they did, thankfully, upgrade the battery. A 30 kWh battery is now standard on all trim levels, up from the 24 kWh battery which was offered on the base Leaf in 2016.

This new battery gives the leaf an EPA-rated 107 miles of range.

Performance

The Nissan Leaf has never been known for its performance and the 2017 model is no different. This year’s model continues to use an 80 kW (107-horsepower) electric motor.

Drivers can expect to see 60 mph in 10.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 93 mph. Although not especially quick, the 187 lb-ft of torque on tap means the Leaf is peppy up to around 30 mph.

Charging

A 6.6 kW charger is an optional extra on the Leaf S model but, unless chosen, it comes with a 3.6 kW onboard charger. The SV and SL versions, however, come with the 6.6 kW charger as standard.

When using a 240v Level 2 power source, charging the Leaf’s battery to full using the 3.6 kW charger takes around 7 hours. This drops to around 6 hours when using the 6.6 kW charger, however. Those charging from a 110-120v power source can expect to wait 20 hours.

DC fast charging is also available on all models but is only standard on the SV and SL versions. Using a¬†CHAdeMO charger will charge the Leaf’s battery to 80% in 30 minutes.

Equipment

The base level Leaf comes with a rearview camera, climate control, and 16-inch steel wheels. Which is pretty basic by most peoples standards.

Upgrade to the Leaf SV and you will get the Nissan Connect infotainment system, a 7-inch touchscreen with navigation, heated exterior mirrors, and a heated steering wheel.

Go a step further with the Leaf SL and you can expect a photovoltaic solar panel on the rear spoiler, leather seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, among other things.

Manufacturer Sales Page

www.nissanusa.com

Credit to insideevs.com for sales data.