Springtime is at hand, and two long-awaited EVs have finally sprung forth – first the $35,000 Tesla Model 3, and now the 200-mile Nissan LEAF.
Nissan has announced that the new LEAF PLUS will go on sale at retailers across the US this month. The LEAF PLUS sports a new 62 kWh battery pack that delivers an EPA range of up to 226 miles, and a more powerful motor that cranks out 214 hp of power.
The standard 2019 LEAF, with a 40 kWh battery pack and 150 miles of range, will continue to be available. Each version is available in three trim levels.
Nissan says the new LEAF PLUS powertrain offers nearly 13 percent quicker acceleration when driving at high speeds. A new DC fast charging system offers an improved charging rate of up to 100 kW.
“With the addition of LEAF PLUS, the Nissan LEAF is now available with two battery options and a choice of six trim levels,” said Brian Marango, Director, EV Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America.
MSRPs for the 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS (plus an $895 “destination and handling” charge):
- LEAF S PLUS – $36,550
- LEAF SV PLUS – $38,510
- LEAF SL PLUS – $42,550
Like all EVs sold in the US, all LEAF models have a limited 8-year/100,000-mile battery pack warranty. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below 9 bars of capacity for 8 years or 100,000 miles.