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New Nissan Leaf e+ launched with extra power and range

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Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+
Nissan Leaf 3.Zero e+
Limited edition of Nissan's popular electric car gains bigger batteries and produces 214bhp

Nissan has launched a new range-topping version of the Leaf EV, which features a boost in power and a longer range.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ Limited Edition, launched at CES in Las Vegas, replaces the electric car’s standard 40kWh battery with a 62kWh unit. Nissan says it can achieve 239 miles on the WLTP test cycle, a 62-mile increase on the standard model.

The special edition, of which 5000 units will be offered in Europe, has also had its power increased to 214bhp, compared with 148bhp for the standard model. The car also features 250lb ft of torque and an increased top speed of 97mph.

The new 62kWh battery features 288 cells, compared with 192 in the standard unit. Nissan says it offers an increase of 25% in energy density and 55% in energy storage capacity but is a similar size to the 40kWh battery. The car sits 5mm higher on 16in wheels to account for the underfloor battery, but all other dimensions are unchanged.

Inside, there is a new 8.0in infotainment screen, with Nissan promising additional connectivity services. There are also new two-tone body colours.

Nissan has also launched a new Leaf 3.Zero model, which features the interior and exterior upgrades while retaining the 40kWh battery and standard power output of the original car.

The Leaf 3.Zero e+ will be priced from £36,795 in the UK, including the £3500 government grant for zero-emission cars, while the 3.Zero will start at £31,095 (including grant). The regular Leaf starts from £21,990.

Both are now available to order. Deliveries of the Leaf 3.Zero will start in May, with the e+ arriving in the UK in the summer.

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