Nissan Canada introduced the 2016 all-electric LEAF with standard Quick Charge Port on all models and an available 30 kWh battery that provides an EPA-estimated best-in-class range of 172km (107 miles) – a 27-percent increase over the previous 24 kWH battery.
The new battery is standard for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models. The 2016 Leaf also offers an enhanced IT system that is more user-friendly and gives drivers greater vehicle connectivity.
Depending on location, some consumers may purchase the 2016 Nissan LEAF at prices on par with gas powered vehicles of its size with provincial tax rebates, when it goes on sale in EV-certified dealer showrooms this fall.
Residents of Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec are eligible for up to $8,500, $8,250, and $8,000 toward their purchase of a Nissan LEAF, respectively. LEAF S models continue to be equipped with a 24 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 133 km (82 miles).
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All LEAF models feature an 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that consumers often expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF has no tailpipe, which means there is no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases.
“The new battery is just one of several enhancements for the 2016 LEAF,” said Steven Rhind, director of marketing at Nissan Canada Inc. “We’re also bringing audio and connectivity upgrades by adding NissanConnect with Mobile Apps with 5.0-inch colour display as standard features for LEAF S models, and for SV and SL grades we are offering NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps–featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control and Nissan Voice Recognition as standard features.”
The NissanConnect with Mobile Apps system for 2016 LEAF S includes Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and USB connection port for iPod interface and other compatible devices.
NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps for SV and SL grades include a 7.0-inch colour display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio.
The menu screen graphics and customization process have been improved and charging screen information can be automatically updated every time the ignition is turned on.
The NissanConnect EV system (no-charge subscription required), also standard on SV and SL grades, allows remote connection to the vehicle, providing monitoring of battery state-of-charge, start charging event control and turning on the heating and air conditioning system prior to entering the vehicle.
Nissan LEAF continues to offer the space and range to meet every day needs, while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower maintenance costs and a starting price after incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car. The 2016 model offers two new premium-look exterior colors: Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl.
Nissan LEAF and its battery are assembled in the United States at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant.