Local Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) claims the new LEAF with its new 40kWh lithium-ion battery, can travel an average 311km on a full-charge based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test mode.
South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore have already launched the electric car.
The LEAF is a five-seater hatchback that offers 435 litres (seats up) and 1,176 litres (seats folded) of boot capacity.
Sales of the new LEAF have surpassed 400,000 units worldwide.
In the run-up to the Malaysian launch of the new LEAF, ETCM is stoking the buzz by highlighting the benefits of being a LEAF owner.
Charging the LEAF
There are three charging options for EVs; the Standard Outlet Charging that requires more than 13 hours charging time, Wall Box Charger that is faster than the standard socket charging, and the CHAdeMO Quick Chargers.
The LEAF comes with a 6.6kW Wall Box Charger that takes approximately 7 hours to fully charge the vehicle. This is the best option for EV owners as they can easily plug-in and charge overnight when they return home. About 80-90% of LEAF owners prefer overnight charging.
For a faster charging mode, 50kW quick charger CHAdeMO is able to fully charge up the LEAF within 60 minutes. It is often provided in easily accessible areas such as office centres and highway rest stops. CHAdeMO quick charges are available free-of-charge at ABB in Subang, Nichicon in Bangi and Ayer Keroh Rest Area (southbound).
Additionally, electric vehicle chargers are weatherproof and are specifically designed to protect both the vehicle and humans from electrical shock, which also means that charging the LEAF can be safely performed even in the rain.
LEAF driving experience
So how does it feel to drive an EV?
The LEAF generates maximum power of 150PS and instant torque of 320Nm (compare this to a normal 2.0L vehicle that produces 150PS and 200Nm).
As such, the LEAF can hit 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds and a top speed in excess of 150kph.
Additionally, the LEAF ’s battery pack are placed in the centre of the body for a lower centre of gravity that allows better road-hugging handling and stability at greater cornering speeds.
For a more exciting and sporty driving experience on winding roads, the LEAF also has the world’s first e-Pedal technology, allowing drivers to intuitively accelerate, slow down and stop using one pedal driving.
The e-Pedal helps reduce the need to move from one pedal to the other, making driving simpler and more engaging.
The LEAF is significantly quieter compared to conventional vehicles providing driver and passengers the experience of gliding around in virtual silence, making rides more enjoyable.
The LEAF has zero-tailpipe emissions and inspires drivers to consider the potential benefits EVs can bring to our roads, especially in reducing air and noise pollution.
As for safety, the new LEAF has:
6 SRS Airbags
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) with Moving Object Detection (I-MOD)
Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)
Intelligent Ride Control
Intelligent Trace Control
Hill Start Assist
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA)
Vehicle Dynamic Control
Electronic Braking Distribution
Owning the LEAF : Maintenance costs
With fewer moving parts in an EV, owners can save on maintenance costs as well as fuel.
Most drivers in South-East Asia travel less than 80km a day, and by driving the LEAF with a 40kWh battery, it costs Malaysians only RM 20.647 to fully charge it and the cost per kilometre is low at RM0.078.
Maintenance and service costs are also considerably lower for EVs as the LEAF only requires service maintenance every 20,000km.