New Nis­san Leaf Plus goes 40 per­cent far­ther

USA TODAY US Edition - - MONEY - Nathan Bomey

Nis­san is set to of­fer a long-range ver­sion of the Nis­san Leaf in a long-awaited move that trans­forms the elec­tric car into a com­peti­tor for the far­thest-trav­el­ing battery-pow­ered ve­hi­cles in the coun­try.

The Ja­panese au­tomaker will be­gin sell­ing the ve­hi­cle in the U.S. in the spring, hop­ing that it trans­forms the model’s rep­u­ta­tion from a re­li­able com­muter car into a ve­hi­cle for any pur­pose.

It will be called the Nis­san Leaf Plus in the U.S. and Canada and Nis­san Leaf e+ in other mar­kets.

The car will have up to 226 miles of range, which re­flects an im­prove­ment of about 40 per­cent on the base model. It’s also about three times the range of the orig­i­nal model re­vealed nearly a decade ago.

The com­pany made the an­nounce­ment Tuesday night at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas.

The Leaf e+ has roughly the same size and range as sev­eral other elec­tric cars on the mar­ket, such as the Tesla Model

3, Chevro­let Bolt, Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro.

Nis­san did not re­veal pric­ing on Tuesday. The base model starts at

$29,990 be­fore tax in­cen­tives. De­spite the in­creased battery ca­pac­ity, the ve­hi­cle’s di­men­sions are vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to the base model. Its de­sign is mostly the same, though it adds blue high­lights to its front fas­cia and an

“e+” logo near the charge port.


The Nis­san Leaf Plus Se­ries is an elec­tric car with up to 226 miles of battery range.

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