Nissan Leaf 30 kWh update – range now up to 250 km

2016 Nissan Leaf 30 kWh-06

The updated Nissan Leaf has been unveiled in very unusual way in a new ad. To recap, the EV here features a new 30 kW battery, which sees the Leaf’s travel range up from 200 km to 250 km on a single charge (travel range is now up by 25%). Here, it’s being thawed from a 65 mm-thick sheet of ice at the Scandinavian Mountains in Norway.

Before this, the Nissan Leaf was running with a 24 kW lithium-ion battery pack. The new battery, sees the introduction of carbon, nitrogen and magnesium to the electrodes alongside a change in the layout of the cells. While its weight is now up by 21 kg, the new battery pack’s dimensions stays the same.

Perhaps the other feature that the video aims to promote is the remote NissanConnect EV system (Acenta and Tekna trims only), which replaces CarWings. The system has been given a revamp, in a sense that it has been simplified and redesigned. As in the video, one of the functions include a remote defrost feature that can be activated from a smart device – hence the thawed Leaf.

According to Nissan, the short ad also aims to highlight the reliability and durability of the updated Nissan Leaf, which the brand says has undergone “rigorous testing to ensure it is capable of withstanding even the most challenging driving conditions.” Similarly, Nissan offers a ‘Nordic Pack,’ which includes a battery heater to counter extremely low temperatures.

The stunt involved Norwegian ice specialist Mr. Iceman. “I have never frozen an electric car before, but it sounded like an interesting challenge, and I think the end result is stunning,” said its CEO, Jack Sternland.

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Graham Chin

Having spent a number of years as a journalist for a local paper, a marketing executive for a popular German automotive brand and a copywriter, Graham, a true-blue Sarawakian, knew he had to take the leap back into the motoring scene - and so he did. To him, nothing’s better than cruising for hours along a scenic route, in a car that’s designed and built for that purpose.



  • waiting for Proton EV…

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  • FireAce on Feb 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    No matter what I read about advancement in battery technology, my phone Li-ion battery shows serious degradation after 1 year of use. Although battery in EV differs in implementation and probably last longer but the fundamental technology limitation is the same. At this stage, pure EV really is not a reliable, dependable, and long service method for moving a vehicle. Most of us had to replace new phone/change battery at least once every 2 years. Can’t do that with the EV since the residual value of the car will be less than the battery

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  • If the car is around rm 120k.. I’ll co side buying it.. to bad.. so a small car like tat near to rm 200k

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