ADD TO THE PLUSES
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.
CHECK THE FIGURES
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.