It has no internal combustion engine, no petrol tank, and obviously, no tailpipe – it’s the all-electric Nissan LEAF. The second-generation Nissan LEAF may look more conventional than its more cutesy bulbous predecessor, but the sleek, sharp design of the new LEAF sure looks easier on the eye.
In the time we had it, the LEAF was well specified, and surprising fun to drive. Being an all-electric car, torque is delivered almost instantaneously with just a tap of the accelerator pedal, and you can enjoy all the instant torque without feeling guilty as the car emits zero-emission.
Backing up that sleek, sporty new look is a more powerful electric motor driving the front wheels, rated at 150 hp and 320 Nm and worthy of a respectable time of 7.9 seconds for the 0-100km/h benchmark, along with a limited top speed of 155km/h.
However, all that fun can also result in range anxiety, a downside to many fully electric cars, the LEAF is no exception. The LEAF comes with a 40 kW lithium-ion battery pack which is good for around 311 km on a full charge. There are two ways to top up the 40 kWh battery pack; either through ‘Normal’ 6.6 kW AC charging (utilising a SAE J1772 plug) or through the ‘Quick’ 50 kW DC charging.
Staying on the side of the battery, The Nissan LEAF’s 40 kW lithium-ion battery pack is covered with an 8-year or 16,000 km warranty not only for faults but also any capacity loss exceeding 33%.
Following the announcement from Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to reduce private vehicle sales tax until the year-end as part of the post-COVID-19 economy recovery plan, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has released the revised pricing after Sales Tax Exemption for Nissan models in Malaysia here.