One thing about electric cars is that at some point they will become old electric cars. And old electric cars have old batteries, which are a terrible thing to waste – no matter if they're in a car that has reached the end of its useable life, the batteries might still serve a purpose, or they can be recommissioned.
The first generation of the Nissan Leaf was introduced in 2010, meaning that the batteries in the oldest Leafs (Leaves?) can now be ripe for picking. Together with the 4R Energy Corporation in Japan, Nissan has started a project that will provide the Japanese town of Namie with lighting, using solar panels and used Leaf batteries. Namie was significantly damaged by the tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, and these streetlights are part of the town's ongoing rebuilding efforts.
The new Nissan Leaf is said to feature a new extended range of up to 150 miles on a single charge, with a price point starting at $30,000 before tax credit, which makes it a whole sight cheaper than some of the alternatives out there, such as Tesla's electric cars. The fact that it can be pre-ordered and delivered within 2018 also makes it an attractive option for customers who'd rather not wait a couple of years before their car is available to them.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, which was the world's best-selling EV, the new generation Nissan Leaf is now available to order across Britain, with deliveries starting in February.
Pricing stretches between £21,990 ($29,691) and £27,490 ($37,117), for the entry-level Visia and top-of-the-line Tekna, respectively, and it includes the £4,500 ($6,076) Government Grant.
When we met the 0 Nissan Leaf EV at the automaker's design center in Japan, designers told us there would be other iterations coming in the future. We've already seen one, when Nissan revealed the Leaf Nismo concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. Now, that car will be joined by another electric concept car — the Leaf Grand Touring — at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon on Jan. 12.
That's not all, though. Nissan will have a total of 15 custom cars at the show, which is essentially the SEMA of Japan. Among those will be three version of the Nissan Note e-Power series hybrid, including an Autech (Nissan's sub-brand) concept, C-Gear version and a Nismo version with performance parts.
Nissan has announced a bunch of premieres for next year's Tokyo Auto Salon, which opens its gates on January 12, one of them being the Leaf Grand Touring Concept.
The show car is not as aggressively styled as the Leaf Nismo that debuted two months ago, but it does get a few interesting bits, such as the two-tone black and matte silver finish.
The all-new Nissan Leaf has officially gone into production at the automaker's plant in Sunderland, UK, as the first European customers will be receiving their cars in February 2018.
Nissan has been building the Leaf nameplate in the UK since 2013, selling over 85,000 units on the Old Continent, including those built at the Oppama plant in Japan, since 2011.
While the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf hasn't entered the U.S. market yet, future buyers can look forward to purchasing a car that's significantly improved compared to its predecessor.
Even though it featured a familiar 5-door hatchback appearance, the design was of the fist-generation Leaf was quirky, to say the least - but that was probably intentional on Nissan's part in order to emphasize that this wasn't a conventional hatch but an all-electric model.
The new electric Leaf has arrived in the UK and Nissan is launching it with an attractive offer for the special 2.Zero edition.
Customers in the UK are now able to get the new Nissan Leaf 2.Zero Launch edition through a competitive deal that includes monthly payments of just £339 on a 3 year/10,000 annual mileage PCP and a £5,138 customer deposit, combined with £1,000 dealer deposit contribution.