155 mile range changes everything

Nissan Leaf  2016 with 155-mile range

We’ve know about plans to upgrade the battery pack for Nissan’sKia Soul EV rival for some time. The 30kWh pack is now available alongside the 24kWh battery, meaning a range that goes from around 110 miles up to a maximum of 155 miles. The downside is a modest 21kg weight penalty.

Nissan is so confident in the new battery pack’s stamina, it will be covered by a full eight-year 100,000-mile guarantee. Charging remains the same process as before, although its not clear yet how much longer it will take to charge to full capacity.

Alongside the battery revision, the Japanese firm has taken the opportunity to introduce the latest-gen NissanConnect touchscreen infotainment system to the Leaf EV. It features an update to the smartphone app which can remotely pre-heat and cool the Leaf, and is also able to tell you how much range you have left. It also gives details of charging points near you and telss you whether they are operating.

The touchscreen itself also gets a new interface, while a DAB radio and capacitive zoom for the satnav also feature. New exterior colours can be had (like the bronze hue above), while the roof-mounted aerial gets a new design.

Prices for the 2016 Nissan Leaf with the 30kWh pack start at £24,490 for Acenta spec, £1,600 more than the 24kWh Leaf that remains available with the cosmetic updates.

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