A decade of innovation – the Nissan LEAF’s incredible journey
How Nissan’s ever-evolving electric car spearheaded the world’s transition to sustainable mobility
In 2017, the LEAF headlined Nissan’s first car-sharing service in Japan, called e-share mobi. This allowed everyone to experience Nissan’s latest EV and its driver assistance technologies. By early the following year, 300,000 LEAFs were on the roads worldwide.
2018: Beyond mobility: Nissan Energy offers new ways to use the LEAF
With innovation from the Nissan Energy program, the LEAF became even more useful to owners. Through smart storage and charging, the car could better share energy with a home or a business. The Nissan Energy Home, a demonstration of Nissan Energy’s work and ideas, was unveiled at the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery in Yokohama.
Nissan developed systems to reuse and recycle old batteries. 4R Energy, a Nissan’s affiliate, opened a plant in the town of Namie, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which focused on re-using EV lithium-ion batteries
Innovation to get the heart racing: Development of the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC
Following a study based on the original LEAF, and to show how much untapped potential lay in electrically powered cars, Nissan created the LEAF NISMO RC (Racing Competition).
Motorsport fans around the world witnessed the quiet but exciting zero-emission driving experience offered by Nissan's electrification technologies.
The first-generation NISMO RC was built in 2011 with the same battery, motor and inverter used in LEAF production cars. They were installed in the center of the vehicle to create a rear-wheel-drive system.
The second-generation NISMO RC, came in 2018. It was revamped and given twin motors, four-wheel drive and an aggressively-styled body. The lithium-ion battery and inverter used technologies from the second-generation Nissan LEAF, with the motor producing 240 kW of power and 640 Nm of torque. It was twice as powerful as the 2011 model.
2019: A new arrival: The top-end Nissan LEAF e+
A new electric powertrain gave the Nissan LEAF e+ a more powerful motor and extended range. Its 62 kWh battery had 55% more capacity. This change pushed the car’s range to 458km2 , again without sacrificing space or design. What stayed the same was the instant torque that makes the LEAF so fun to drive.
By 2019, more than 400,000 customers around the globe had bought a LEAF.
The ever-evolving trailblazer
Cars were invented over a century ago. Over the past 10 years, the Nissan LEAF has spearheaded the start of a transition from less gas-guzzling internal combustion engines towards zero-emission electric vehicles.
When the model arrived in 2010, some didn’t buy this vision. Today, almost every automaker has 9 followed. The Nissan LEAF helped bust the myths and misconceptions around electric cars.
The LEAF’s incredible journey shows how quickly customers embrace electric vehicles once they’ve experienced them. The pioneering hatchback has helped change not only the way cars are built, but the way we live.
1) Based on Japan’s JC08 test standard
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