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If the 200km-plus real-world driv­ing range of the new Leaf seems too short, a so­lu­tion is on the way. Nis­san ex­ecs con­firm a big-bat­tery e-Plus ver­sion, with ex­tra power, will go into pro­duc­tion soon. Its 60kWh bat­tery pack stores 50 per cent more en­ergy, and will in­crease driv­ing range by a sim­i­lar amount. Lithium-ion bat­ter­ies are ex­pen­sive, so the long-range Leaf will be more costly.


EV sales are strong in Nor­way but this doesn’t spell in­stant death for petrol and diesel. EVs ac­count for 26 per cent of new car sales but only 6 per cent of the 2.7 mil­lion cars on the road are elec­tric. And even if Nor­way hits its goal of 100 per cent of new pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle sales be­ing elec­tric or zero emis­sion by 2025, some 40 per cent of cars still go­ing six years be­yond that will still use in­ter­nal com­bus­tion.

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