We can’t deny it—we’re still a society that relies a bit too heavily on petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles and where electric vehicles (EV) aren’t common. But change doesn’t happen overnight; good change happens slowly but steadily. Yet the number of electric car buyers is growing faster than one might think. While many carmakers have just released their first EV models in the past couple of years, Nissan is now on their second-generation EV offering (their first model was released in 2010 and sold more than 400,000 units worldwide, a first for an electric car to do so).
The all-new Nissan LEAF is 100 percent electric with zero-emission and is powered by three aspects: power, intelligent driving and integration. With the new e-powertrain generating maximum power of 150PS (110kW) and 320Nm of torque, it gives an instant acceleration of 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 155km/h (electronically limited). Accelerating on the pedal of the Nissan LEAF is an extremely smooth and dead-silent action—but don’t get carried away and always keep the speed limit in mind.
A new function that’s great for city driving (read, peak hour traffic jam) is the world’s first ‘e-Pedal’ system. With this system, simply increasing or decreasing pressure on the accelerator pedal will make the car speed up or slow down, or come to a complete stop when the pedal is fully released, meaning drivers won’t have to keep switching between the accelerator and brake pedals as often. Though this might take some time to get used to, once mastered, driving becomes simple and notably relaxing.
With its new 40kWh lithium-ion battery, the Nissan LEAF drives for a distance of approximately 300km on a full charge. The ‘D’ mode brings immediate torque while the ‘B’ and ‘ECO’ mode offers regenerative braking which helps to charge the car’s battery. Nissan boasts zero battery recalls across the combined 10 billion kilometres Nissan LEAF has sold globally, and cars undergo additional rigorous flood and thunder-bolt tests. There are two methods of charging: the standard 6.6kW Wall Box Charger takes roughly seven hours for a full charge (overnight will do), or the 50kW CHAdeMO quick charger which takes about 60 minutes to fully charge the battery. Nissan provides dedicated free charging hubs across Malaysia and is in the works of installing more.
This five-seater car with good boot space has a mainstream-looking design with touches of a sporty silhouette and is available in six exterior finishes, including four single-tone and two dual-tone options. Besides the six SRS Airbags, the Nissan LEAF is also packed with Nissan Safety Shield technologies such as Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) with Moving Object Detection (I-MOD), Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA), Intelligent Ride Control, Intelligent Trace Control, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Braking Distribution.
We may have quite a way to go before all the cars on our roads are completely petrol- or diesel-free, but with Nissan’s continued efforts and commitment to change the way cars are powered we are one step closer to that reality.
The All-New Nissan LEAF is officially priced at RM188,888 (Peninsular Malaysia, on-the-road price with 10% sales tax, without insurance and valid for private individual registration) or RM3,500/month through All-New Nissan LEAF Subscription Programme - 3 Years Contract (Peninsular Malaysia only, without insurance and valid for private individual registration). nissan.com.my