Nissan Leaf (2018) Guide

Nissan Leaf (2018) Guide

The most popular electric vehicle on UK roads today. The Nissan Leaf surpassed everyone’s expectations, turning the EV curious into full-fledged devotees. Its popularity is grounded in its reliability as one of the first mass-produced electric vehicles, further enhanced by its accessibility – offering one of the most robust ranges and spec packages for your money. Trying to find a disappointed Leaf owner is incredibly tricky.

Electric Range

168 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£5.01

Battery Size

40 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

11 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

yes CHAdeMO max 50kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Nissan Leaf

The updated version, or as Nissan likes to call it the 2.0 release, of the Leaf, comes with a battery size of 40kWh and has an official WLTP range of 168 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 7.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 22 miles*.

The Leaf has a CHAdeMO connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the Leaf 40kWh will charge from 20-80% in 60 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the Leaf has a max AC rate is 6.6W, this means if you plugged into a 7kW or 11kW AC charger, the battery would charge at 6.6kW.

Charging Times for Leaf 40kWh**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 21h30m for 0-100%
  • 7.4kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 7h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 60m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Nissan Leaf

Classified as a BEV, the Leaf produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, this popular EV qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

Plus, Nissan Leaf owners are an enthusiastic bunch; you’ll be part of an innovative, forward-looking tribe, who are all dedicated to saving the planet and the development of electric driving.

What are people saying about the Nissan Leaf?

It’s hard to deny. The new Nissan leaf is better looking than its older version. A more angular, futuristic-looking front followed by its stylistic back creates a more refined look and will undoubtedly expand its appeal. The first model was considered a pioneer in the way of electric driving, and this second-generation model builds on what was already an impressive car. To keep pace with the ever-evolving EV landscape, Nissan has improved the Leaf’s range capabilities and added an assortment of new tech, all while maintaining its very reasonable price point.

Intuitive and easy to drive, the Leaf is both comfortable and speedy. Although the interior remains rather conventional for an EV, it is sensible, spacious and practical; demonstrated by its reasonable 5-seat cabin and 435-litre boot capacity.

While the Leaf’s hardware has unquestionably undergone a favourable makeover, it’s the newly added tech features that make a compelling offer. Notably, its ePedal and ProPILOT features. The ePedal is the ultimate form of regenerative braking, simply put, as you take your foot off the acceleration pedal the car begins harvesting energy back into the battery pack in quite an aggressive manner. The benefit of this feature is probably best illustrated when driving up a hill (using considerable power) and coming down (gaining back potentially more than what you had to begin with). Not only does this extend its range, but it also enables one-pedal driving. In 2018, this was a significant selling point for Nissan; however, this has quickly become a staple feature of new EV’s. Nevertheless, it remains a useful and efficient setting – once you’ve got used to it, of course.

ProPILOT is Nissan’s version of Tesla’s Autopilot. Although the Leaf might not be quite as capable and as smart as a Model S, for the price difference Nissan has excelled. Using intelligent cruise control, the Leaf will essentially drive itself on motorways; once you have set the speed and distance settings. Additionally, the Leaf is full of safety features, from lane keeping to autonomous braking and parking.

The range on a Leaf is decent if not fully adequate for many drivers. However, in 2018 a 150+ mileage was a core selling point, in 2020 not so much. In comparison to the likes of Kia’s e-Niro and Hyundai’s KONA electric that can top 250 miles, the Leaf seems a little less unique. If range is an issue, trading up to the 62kWh which can exceed the 200-mile mark may be worth considering. Further still, on the topic of range, it is worth highlight the Leaf does not have an active thermal management system for its battery. In reality, that means if you require rapid charging more than once a day, the internal software will slow down the charging rate to maintain a lower battery temperature. After one rapid charging session, all other sessions will be considerably slower. Depending on your typical journey mileage, this will either not bother you in the slightest or be an unforgivable sin made by Nissan.

Fun fact: Leaf is an acronym for ‘Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family vehicle’. If you were wondering who the Leaf is for, that should clear things up. The Leaf is a reliable, useable, family-sized, sensible EV. It is an EV that one could genuinely consider as being the only car in a household. If that seems a little too extreme, then it remains a tempting proposition as a route into the electric lifestyle, primary vehicle or not.