Nissan Introduces New LEAF for the New Year

Now assembled in the United States at Nissan’s manufacturing complex in Smyrna, Tenn., the all-electric 2013 Nissan LEAF will be both less expensive and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year—and it will offer more premium amenities, too. The comprehensive upgrades are expected to help boost demand for the LEAF even further, following a December in which sales of the world’s first modern-day, mass-market EV jumped up by 56.1 percent.

Among the key changes to the LEAF lineup will be the debut of a new entry-level model, the LEAF S, along with new standard and available content like:

  • An onboard charger that helps cut 220-volt charging times to just 4 hours
  • A “B” drive mode that deploys more aggressive efficiency measures, including enhanced regenerative braking functionality and reduced HVAC output, to extend vehicle range
  • Numerous aerodynamic improvements that shaved the LEAF’s coefficient of drag down to .28
  • Increased cargo space, courtesy of a relocated charger
  • Three updated option packages that bundle high-demand features like navigation (with “Eco route” functionality for plotting the most efficient course), LED headlights, Nissan’s Around View rearview camera system, and a seven-speaker Bose audio setup

“When we launched the Nissan LEAF two years ago our desire was to offer surprising acceleration performance and a quiet, refined interior with room for five adults and their cargo—all in a vehicle that is fully electric, produces zero carbon emissions and with a range that would satisfy the daily needs of most drivers,” said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager of the Nissan division. “Having met and exceeded those original goals, we’ve now enhanced nearly every aspect of LEAF for 2013—extending its appeal to an even wider audience just as we’ve started local assembly and local production of our batteries and electric motors.”

(Specific pricing and efficiency details about the 2013 Nissan LEAF will be released in the near-term future.)