Nissan on a charge towards electrification

The new Nissan Leaf has been revealed.

The arrival of the second-generation Leaf (pictured) by mid-2019 is set to spark Nissan’s renewed charge towards electric vehicle technology.

In revealing the new Leaf at what Nissan called “an electrification thought leadership event” in Sydney on September 4, the Japanese car maker announced that one third of its Australian volume would include electric technology by 2022.

“By introducing more electric alternatives on several of our key models, we will make mass market electrification a reality,” Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester said.

“I have no doubt electric vehicles (EVs) will be a success here, and sooner than many think, and Nissan is planning for this now.”

To this end, Nissan will be selling the Leaf through 89 dealerships across the country – up from 12 when the first-generation Leaf was introduced in 2012 – thereby creating the largest EV sales network in Australia.

“This means that each dealership has the expertise and infrastructure in place to charge and service a Leaf, is stocked with spare parts and accessories, and has trained sales staff and service technicians,” Mr Lester said.

The new Leaf will provide an expected real world driving range of up to 270 kilometres per charge (WLTP combined cycle) thanks, in part, to a larger 40kWh battery.

“A study by Zero Carbon Australia tells us that, on average, city-based drivers have a 38km daily commute, so daily re-charging is not necessary,” Mr Lester said.

“Also, with a conscious mindset of overnight charging well in place thanks to mobile phones, most Australians are unlikely to have range issues.”

Nissan’s preferred charger installer at its dealerships, JET Charge, will also have the capacity to support Leaf owners with installing home charging infrastructure.

Charging times, depending on the charging connection, range between 24 hours to a less than 60-minute fast charge.