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The 2016 Nissan Leaf Fears Not the Ice

February 23, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EV with 30-Kilowatt-Hour Battery Goes on Sale in Europe

The 2016 Nissan Leaf all-battery car with 30-kilowatt-hour lithium battery has gone on sale in Europe, and the automaker is celebrating with a blockbuster (think block of ice) video filmed in Norefjell, Norway.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf, ‘cocooned’ in a two-and-a-half-thick-inch layer of ice, in Norefjell, Norway outside Oslo.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf, ‘cocooned’ in a two-and-a-half-thick-inch layer of ice, in Norefjell, Norway outside Oslo. Check out the video!

The 30-kWh Leaf has a single charge range of 250 kilometers, Nissan says – 155 miles, a 26% improvement, “beating all of its competitors within the segment, without compromising on practicality or usability,” according to the latest announcement.

The car is available with remote defrost feature, which allows accessories like heaters to be activated while the vehicle is connected for charging, so that no range is lost.

The film “highlights the reliability and durability of the new Nissan Leaf 30 kWh, which undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it is capable of withstanding even the most challenging driving conditions.

‘Truly Testing Conditions’

“For customers in truly testing conditions like those in Norefjell, Nissan also offers a specially engineered Nordic Pack which includes a battery heater to counter the effects of the extreme low temperatures.”

“We constantly strive to push the boundaries of what is possible with zero emission technology,” Nissan Europe EVs director Gareth Dunsmore says in the announcement of the Norefjell video – “going further so our customers can go further.”

60 Kilowatt-Hours?

The S version of the 2016 Nissan Leaf for the U.S. has a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack with a single-charge EPA range of 84 miles. The SV with 30-kWh pack has a single-charge EPA range of 107 miles – and DC fast-charge capability.

The OEM unveiled the Nissan IDS Concept, an autonomous electric vehicle with 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack, at last month’s 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A 60kWh Leaf? Stay tuned.

The 100% battery-electric 2016 Nissan Leaf

The 100% battery-electric 2016 Nissan Leaf

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Source: Nissan with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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