2013 Nissan Leaf unveiled with updated powertrain

2013 Nissan Leaf 20.11.2012
2013 Nissan Leaf 20.11.2012

Lighter and more efficient than the outgoing model

Nissan has unveiled the 2013 Leaf in Japan.

Modestly updated, the model is equipped with restyled alloy wheels and optional blue-tinted LED headlights. The hatchback is also available in three new exterior colors: Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White.

Interior changes include an updated multifunction display, an improved Around View Monitor and a Plasma Cluster Ion generator that promises to eliminate odors and kill germs. Other changes include an additional 40 liters (1.4 cubic feet) of cargo capacity and newly optional leather seats.

While the styling changes are minor, engineers put a lot of work into updating the car's electric powertrain. The Leaf's high voltage unit - which consists of a new electric motor, an inverter and a DC/DC converter - has been "integrated" so it's now 30 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter. This enables the car to weigh approximately 80 kg (176 lbs) less than its predecessor.

Besides updating the powertrain, engineers minimized power consumption by improving the cabin heater, heated seats and heated steering wheel. They also upgraded the regenerative braking system to maximize power regeneration.  These changes enable the model to have a range of up to 228 km (141 miles).

Despite all the upgrades, Nissan has been able to lower the starting price by introducing an entry-level S variant that costs ¥3,349,500 in Japan.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Nissan
Published Nov 20th, 2012 8:50pm By Michael Gauthier

Updated Nissan LEAF Available in Japan

  • Addition of the affordable "S grade"
  • Variety of new enhancements and equipment
  • 228km of range achieved at full charge (JC08 mode)
  • 700 outlets in Japan to be equipped with quick chargers by end of fiscal year 2012

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Nov. 20, 2012) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the release in Japan of the updated Nissan LEAF, which has received a number of enhancements. The all-electric LEAF is in its second iteration and is now available at Nissan dealers nationwide.

The Nissan LEAF is the number one selling EV in the world. Since its debut in December 2010, more than 43,000 drivers around the world have chosen the LEAF. By purchasing one, owners are making a personal contribution to help create a sustainable zero-emission society; the LEAF emits zero CO2 or exhaust during operation.

The new LEAF continues to offer excellent performance and driving feel, with smooth, strong acceleration and quiet delivery across a speed range that's comparable to that of luxury models, as well as great handling stability realized by well-balanced weight distribution.

The affordable S grade has been added for the new model year and joins the ongoing G and X grades. There is no performance sacrifice with the new S grade.

Among several new enhancements for the new LEAF are:

Available genuine leather seats
BOSE® Energy Efficient Series sound system
Around View Monitor which assists parking at roadsides
Driving range of 228km at a full charge (JC08 mode)
Enhanced regenerative braking performance
A power-saving heating system.
At present, there are approximately 400 sales outlets in Japan that are equipped with quick chargers. In order to offer even better convenience and accessibility for LEAF owners, Nissan plans to expand the availability of quick chargers to 700 sales outlets in Japan. When the expansion is completed, one-third of dealers will be able to offer quick charging service.

The major changes in specifications and equipment of the new Nissan LEAF are:

Sporty and stylish 17-inch aluminum wheels (standard on G)
16-inch aluminum wheels used in the current model are available as a factory-installed option (on X)
16-inch full-wheel covers (standard on S and X)
LED headlights with auto-leveling using blue reflection LED lights (standard on G, factory-installed option on S and X)
Front fog lights (standard on G, dealer-installed option on S and X)
Seven available body colors, including three new colors: Dark Metal Gray, Brilliant White Pearl and White.
Chic, elegant black interior
Genuine leather seats available on G and X as a factory-installed option (Airy Gray color for previous model is available on G and X)
Pop-up and down adjustable rear center seat headrest
Increased luggage space from 330L to 370L, realized by moving a downsized onboard charger from the back of the car to the front
Remaining battery capacity shown by percentage in the Multifunction Display
Foot-operated parking brake.
Basic EV structure
High voltage unit, including an electric motor, inverter and DC/DC converter, was integrated, resulting in a 30 percent volume reduction and a 10 percent mass reduction
More responsive and exhilarating acceleration feel delivered by a newly designed motor
Weight reduced by about 80kg compared to previous model. Achieved by combined powertrain unit, integrated functions, streamlined battery module and case structure, and use of lighter parts
B range that generates deceleration without feeling a change in noise and gravity even on a downward slope (standard on G and X)
Enhanced driving performance achieved by improved steering response in the medium-speed range and optimized suspension characteristics associated with weight reduction.
Improved power consumption
Reduced power consumption with a heat-pump cabin heater, heated seat for all seats, heated steering wheel and heat shield ceiling
Changes to the regenerative brake control system enable more efficient power generation when the brakes are operated.
Long-life mode (where the battery is charged to 80% to extend the battery life), now available in any charging mode
Improved convenience of the charging port, including a locking mechanism for the normal charging connector, LED light for charging at night and electromagnetic opener for the charging port lid.
Addition of "Stop-off charging spot guidance" function, "Power-saving route guidance" function and "Battery capacity at a destination forecast" function which can allay potential range anxiety
New ways to search for and locate charging spots easily and quickly. Adoption of "Charging spot availability information provision" function, "Quick charger location display" function and "Unavailable charging spot display" function.
Additional enhancements
Lighter-weight, highly efficient BOSE® seven-speaker system: Energy Efficient System (factory-installed option on G and X)
Around View Monitor shows an image of the vehicle's surroundings that is not easily visible (factory-installed option on G and X)
Highly concentrated Plasma Cluster Ion generator which eliminates odors and kills germs (standard on G)
Hill Start Assist which enables a driver to start the LEAF on a slope without worrying about rolling backward
Nissan LEAF has been developed in line with Nissan's commitment to using recycled materials where possible to minimize environmental impacts. In addition, the amount of the rare earth element dysprosium used in the newly designed motor of the updated Nissan LEAF has been reduced by about 40 percent compared to the previous model—without sacrificing performance.

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doubleout doubleout
228km? That's a huge improvement. Impressive car.
Nov 21st, 2012 3:11am
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Toyota engineers slightly jealous of Nissan engineers having a full electric car perhaps?
Nov 21st, 2012 1:07am
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When it comes to non petrol cars, Toyota engineers are the best in hybrid, hydrogen and electric technologies.
Nov 21st, 2012 10:52am
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HelioMartins HelioMartins
plasma cluster ion generator? WTF?!!?
Nov 21st, 2012 12:17am
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Niju-Ichi Niju-Ichi
"Engineers minimized power consumption by improving the cabin heater, heated seats and heated steering wheel." Is it not smarter to just improve the external thermal insulation ? #Toyotaengineerspeaking
Nov 20th, 2012 10:53pm
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