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2013 Nissan LEAF At A Glance (Press Release)

The highly innovative, industry leading Nissan LEAF™ pure electric vehicle enters its third year of production in 2013 with a long list of important enhancements:

  • Improved energy efficiency* due to improved aerodynamics, wider range of regenerative braking for increased energy recapture and improved energy management
  • Expected range improvement (pending 2013 EPA testing)
  • Addition of a new, lower priced base LEAF S grade
  • An array of feature enhancements for the LEAF SL grade, including leather-appointed seating and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Three new option packages, with available Around View® Monitor and Bose® energy efficient audio system
  • New available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge
  • New available hybrid heater system that provides superior cold weather performance while consuming less energy
  • New available “B” drive mode that increases regenerative braking during deceleration
  • New charge port door light and lock, with new intelligent key charge port door release button
  • Enhanced interior features, including leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, new black interior color and sun visor extensions
  • Smarter packaging, with onboard charger relocated to the front of the vehicle to create more rear cargo space
  • EV-IT improvements, with “Eco route” feature added to navigation system – plus Google® local search, Pandora® link for iPhone® and iPod® cover art
  • State of charge percentage added to the trip computer for more accurate energy monitoring
  • Two new exterior colors (7 total): Metallic Slate and Glacier White

The established leader in the “no gas, no tailpipe” zero-emission era, LEAF is now assembled in Smyrna, Tenn., including battery production. More than 19,000 LEAFs have been sold in the U.S. and nearly 50,000 worldwide (through Dec. 2012).

For 2013, LEAF is again powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery composed of 48 compact modules and a high-response 80kW AC synchronous motor that generates 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque, providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience that is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal-combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF’s powertrain has no tailpipe and thus no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases while being driven.

The Nissan LEAF can be charged up to 80 percent of its full capacity in 30 minutes when equipped with a quick charge port and using a DC fast charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately four hours with the new 6.6 kW onboard charger (approximately seven hours with the S grade’s standard 3.6 kW charger). The advanced lithium-ion battery pack carries an industry-competitive warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles.

The Nissan LEAF’s distinctive exterior styling is characterized by sharp, upright V-shaped design featuring long, up-slanting halogen headlights. LED headlights and fog lights are standard on LEAF SL models, optional on SV. The headlights split and redirect airflow away from the door mirrors, reducing wind noise and drag.

The exterior also utilizes a standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charging port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle, with a new light and door lock feature added for 2013. The 5-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. Enhancements to the design result in a lower coefficient of drag of just 0.28 (previously 0.29).

Three different wheel designs are offered in 2013: 16-inch steel with full-wheel covers for LEAF S, 5-spoke 16-inch aluminum-alloy for LEAF SV and new split 5-spoke 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels for LEAF SL. Bridgestone Ecopia 205/55R16 all-season tires are used with the S and SV grades, while 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires are standard on SL.

Seven exterior colors are available for 2013: Brilliant Silver, Metallic Slate, Super Black, Cayenne Red, Glacier White, Pearl White and Blue Ocean.

Nissan LEAF drivers (except LEAF S grade) are able to use web-enabled mobile phones to turn on air conditioning and set charging functions remotely, even when the vehicle is powered down. An on-board remote-controlled timer can also be programmed to start the charging event (standard on all grades).

LEAF’s digital instrument panel includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display and Eco indicator. A new state-of-charge percentage display has been added to the trip computer. The standard monitor also displays “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations. A Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) is standard on SV and SL grades.

All grades include Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System. A RearView Monitor is optionally available on LEAF S, while the advanced Around View® Monitor system, which helps provide a virtual 360° view of objects around the vehicle is offered as part of the Premium Package for SV and SL grades. The Premium Package also includes the 7-speaker Bose® audio system.

Nissan LEAF safety systems include six air bags, 4-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

The 2013 Nissan LEAF is offered in three well-equipped grades: LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL.

Highlights of the 2013 Nissan LEAF include:


  • Body designed for aerodynamic efficiency with 0.28 coefficient of drag
  • 106.3-inch wheelbase, 175.0-inch overall length, 69.7-inch width, 61.0-inch height
  • Standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser
  • Aerodynamically shaped headlights (LED on SL grade) designed to help reduce drag and wind noise
  • Slim-type aerodynamic LED taillights
  • Available fog lights (standard on SL, optional on SV)
  • Available automatic on/off headlights (standard on SL, optional on SV)
  • Body-color front and rear bumpers
  • Charge ports located above front grille
  • Standard charge port light and door lock
  • Portable trickle charge cable (110V)
  • Available photovoltaic solar panel spoiler (standard on SL)
  • Dual power remote-controlled heated outside mirrors
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Fixed vortex-shedding roof antenna
  • Seven available exterior colors: Brilliant Silver, Metallic Slate, Super Black, Cayenne Red Glacier White, Pearl White and Blue Ocean

Motor and Driveline

  • Front motor/front-wheel drive
  • Single speed gear reducer
  • Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
  • AESC (Automotive Energy Supply Corporation) laminated lithium-ion battery with 48 compact 4-cell modules
  • High-response 80kW AC synchronous motor
  • Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6 kW onboard charger (LEAF S)
  • Available 6.6 kW onboard charger that reduces 220V charging time nearly in half to approximately four hours for a full charge (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
  • Range to be announced pending 2013 testing (battery capacity decreases with time and use.  Actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature, and battery age.)
  • Available Quick Charge Port – allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at public DC fast charging stations (standard on SL, optional on SV)
  • Shift-by-wire drive selector
  • Standard battery heater
  • Standard Hill Start Assist

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Independent strut front suspension with stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension with integrated stabilizer bar
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • Regenerative braking system, allowing LEAF to produce its own electric energy for storage in its battery
  • Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
  • 16-inch steel wheels with full covers (S grade), 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia all-season tires (SV grade)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires (SL grade)
  • Tire Repair Kit

Interior Features

  • Modern interior design with “floating” C-stack
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
  • 6-way manual driver’s seat, 4-way manual front passenger’s seat
  • Available seat fabric partially made with recycled materials (SV)
  • Available leather-appointed seating (SL)
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear HVAC duct
  • Available passenger seat map pockets
  • High quality gauges with unique EV-IT design for intuitive communication with driver
  • Digital gauges: Speedometer, battery temperature, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance to empty display, Eco indicator, outside temperature gauge
  • Standard trip computer (percent SOC, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range)
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Available hybrid heater system
  • Center console storage
  • Palm shifter
  • AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback capability and 4 speakers (S), standard 6-speaker system on SV and SL
  • Available Bose® 7-speaker energy efficient audio system (SL)
  • Auxiliary input jack and USB Connection Port for iPod® and other compatible devices
  • Standard Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Start
  • Power windows with driver’s window one-touch auto up/down
  • Power door locks with auto locking feature
  • Remote charge door release
  • Two cupholders (front center console), two bottle holders (door panels)
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Front and rear assist grips
  • Floor and trunk carpeting
  • Available cargo cover (standard on SL)
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Available Nissan Navigation System (standard on SV and SL)
  • Available CARWINGS telematics (no charge for 36 months), allowing for remote connection to vehicle – monitor battery state of charge/charging status, start charging event, turn on HVAC system (standard on SV and SL)
  • Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Standard Roadside Assistance program (no charge for 36 months)
  • Available HomeLinkÒ Universal Transceiver (standard on SL)
  • Available RearView Monitor (optional on S)
  • Available Around View® Monitor (optional on SV and SL)
  • New Black interior color (S, SL); Black or Light Gray interior (SV)

Safety and Security

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
  • Front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • 3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (driver’s seat ELR only) with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Child seat upper tether anchor
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body construction with front & rear crumple zones
  • Side door guard beams
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Vehicle Security System (VSS)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered as three well-equipped models: LEAF S, LEAF SV and Nissan LEAF SL
  • Assembled in Smyrna, Tenn.
  • Batteries produced in Smyrna, Tenn.

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*Charging times and range estimates may vary depending on driving/charging habits, weather, temperature and battery age. 6.6W onboard charger is a standard feature on SV and SL trims. It is an optional feature on the S trim.

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