Now featuring a new entry level trim and an available 6.6 kW onboard charger, the 2013 Nissan Leaf is a 5-door electric hatchback vehicle powered by an 80 kW AC synchronous motor and 24 kWh lithium-ion battery (107 hp), granting the Leaf a top speed of 90 mph. The Leaf boasts zero tailpipe emissions and a 100 mile/per charge range, for a fuel mileage of 129 city and 102 highway. Features include LED headlights, UV-reducing solar glass, rear spoiler, 16-inch wheels, partially recycled cloth seats, push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, navigation, 6-speaker sound system, and automatic temperature control. Safety is comprised of Nissan advanced airbag system, vehicle dynamic control (VDC), traction control system (TCS), and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The lithium-ion battery will carry an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty while the vehicle itself is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The LEAF enters 2013 with a host of mechanical changes as well as a few changes to the trim levels and available features. A newly available 6.6KW onboard charger is capable of cutting 220V charge times in half, down to as little as four hours to a full charge. Improved energy management is aided by new aerodynamic enhancements, better regenerative braking and a more efficient heater. A new trim level dubbed "S" has been introduced as a new entry-level model, giving buyers the option of a basic trim. SL trims also benefit with increased levels of equipment.
All-electric powertrain, 100-mile nominal range on an 8-hour charge, driving characteristics of a conventionally powered car
Nissan has broken new ground with the LEAF, which is the company's first all-electric subcompact. Unlike the Tesla roadster or smart electric, this electric car has room for five, and it's being built on a much more massive scale. With an MSRP of $28,800, it offers pure, practical full-electric vehicle driving more affordable than the nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Volt, which stickers at over $39,100.