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2016 Nissan LEAF At A Glance (Press Release)

The best-selling 100-percent electric vehicle in the United States – and the world –took a big leap forward for 2016, becoming the first affordable all-electric car to offer more than 100 miles of EPA-estimated range on a single charge.

Now standard on all 2016 Nissan LEAF SV and LEAF SL models, the new 30 kWh battery provides an EPA-estimated 107-mile driving range* on a fully charged battery. LEAF S models come with a 24 kWh battery rated at 84 miles on a full charge, giving buyers a choice in affordability and range.

In addition, the new battery offers improved charging performance. The battery in LEAF SV and SL can be quick-charged to 80 percent (from the low battery charge warning) in about 30 minutes, providing about 22 percent more miles of range compared to a 30-minute quick charge on previous LEAF models. Charging on a normal home charging system (Level 2, 240V) is estimated to take about six hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger.

The new 30 kWh battery design adds capacity without increasing battery package size by improving the cell structure of the laminated lithium-ion battery cells. Improved electrode material with revised chemistry results in higher power density and enhanced battery durability upon charge and discharge.

While the 24 kWh battery is composed of four cells per module (192 cells total), the new 30 kWh battery’s modules contain eight newly designed cells per module (192 cells total). Unlike conventional cylindrical batteries, the thin, compact laminated cells offer more flexibility in packaging and design applications. The 30 kWh battery weighs just 46 pounds more than the 24 kWh battery and has the same battery pack size and footprint.

The new battery is only the beginning of the enhancements to the 2016 LEAF. Audio, entertainment and connectivity upgrades start with the addition of standard NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps with 5.0-inch color display for LEAF S models. The system includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Streaming audio via Bluetooth®, Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant and USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices.

2016 LEAF SV and SL grades add standard NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps– featuring a 7.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD radio, and SiriusXM Travel LinkTM for weather, fuel prices, movie listings, stock info and sports (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). The menu screen graphics and customization process have been improved and charging screen information is now automatically updated every time the ignition is turned on and with every 12 miles of driving.

The NissanConnect EV system (no-charge subscription required), also standard on SV and SL grades, allows remote connection to the vehicle, providing monitoring of battery state-of-charge, start charging event control and turning on the heating and air conditioning system prior to entering the vehicle.

Other enhancements include a new graphic interface display with improved readability and improved voice recognition system performance with the new beam forming microphone and one-shot functionality. Both the LEAF owner website and mobile app have been updated with new features and a more user-friendly interface.

In addition, three new premium-look exterior colors (eight total) have been added for 2016: Forged Bronze, Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl.

As in previous years, Nissan LEAF continues to offer the space and range to meet every day needs while also providing an exceptional value proposition due to zero spending on gas, lower maintenance costs and a starting price after tax incentives competitive with a comparable gas-powered car. All 2016 LEAF models include three drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode.

The 30 kWh battery pack contains 24 compact modules, while the 24 kWh lithium-ion battery packs contain 48 compact modules. All LEAF models feature 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 consumers often expect from traditional, gasoline-powered vehicles. Unlike internal combustion engine-equipped vehicles, LEAF has no tailpipe, which means there is no emission of CO2 or other greenhouse gases.

For the lithium-ion battery pack in LEAF, Nissan offers a limited warranty** covering defects in materials or workmanship for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Nissan also provides a limited warranty against battery capacity loss below nine bars of capacity as shown on the vehicle’s battery capacity level gauge for the first eight years or 100,000 miles for SV and SL models, and for the first five years or 60,000 miles for S models.

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

Other exterior features include standard rear spoiler, flat underbody with rear diffuser and aerodynamically shaped LED taillights. The charge port is hidden under a small door located in the front of the vehicle, with a standard light and door lock feature. The five-door hatchback design also features chrome door handles, aerodynamic outside mirrors and a large greenhouse to provide a bright interior environment. The aerodynamic design results in a low coefficient of drag of just 0.28.

Inside, the digital instrument panel includes a speedometer, battery temperature gauge, power meter, remaining energy gauge, capacity level gauge, distance-to-empty display and drive mode indicator. A percent state-of-charge display is featured in the trip computer. LEAF SV and SV models also display “reachable area,” as well as showing a selection of nearby charging stations on the NissanConnect with Mobile Apps’ info screen.

All 2016 Nissan LEAF models include standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and RearView Monitor. Nissan’s advanced Around View® Monitor, which helps provide a virtual 360-degree 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 seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system. Nissan LEAF safety features include six air bags, four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).

LEAF is assembled in the United States at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant, with battery assembly taking place next door in Nissan’s battery assembly plant.

For 2016, Nissan LEAF is again available in three trim levels: LEAF S, SV and SL, along with two option packages: the Charge Package (LEAF S grade only) with 6.6 kW onboard charger and Quick Charge port; and the Premium Package (LEAF SV and SL only).

Highlights of the 2016 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 (standard LED low beam on SL grade) designed to help reduce drag and wind noise
  • Slim-type aerodynamic LED taillights
  • Available fog lights (standard on SL)
  • Available automatic on/off headlights (standard on SL)
  • 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)
  • Available dual power remote-controlled heated outside mirrors (SV, SL)
  • Chrome outside door handles
  • Fixed vortex-shedding roof antenna
  • Eight available exterior colors: new Forged Bronze, Coulis Red and Deep Blue Pearl, along with Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Super Black, Glacier White and Pearl White

Motor and Driveline

  • Front motor/front-wheel drive
  • Single speed gear reducer
  • Battery housed in the floor for optimum vehicle packaging and weight distribution
  • Laminated 30 kWh lithium-ion battery with 24 compact, eight-cell modules (SV and SL)
  • Laminated 24 kWh lithium-ion battery with 48 compact, four-cell modules (S)
  • High-response 80kW AC synchronous motor
  • 107 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.6 kW onboard charger (LEAF S)
  • Available 6.6 kW onboard charger that significantly reduces 240V charging time to about 6 hours for a full charge (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
  • 84-mile EPA estimated range on a fully charged 24 kWh battery (battery capacity decreases with time and use; actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age) – LEAF S
  • 107-mile EPA estimated range on a fully charged 30 kWh battery (battery capacity decreases with time and use; actual range will vary depending upon driving/charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age) – LEAF SV and SL
  • Available Quick Charge Port – allows charging to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes at fast-charging stations (standard on SV and SL, optional on S)
  • Shift-by-wire drive selector
  • Three standard drive modes: Normal, Eco-Mode and B-Mode
  • 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 with 205/55R16 Bridgestone Ecopia all-season tires (S grade)
  • 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/50R17 Michelin Energy Saver all-season tires (SV, SL grades)
  • Tire repair kit

Interior Features

  • Modern interior design with “floating” C-stack
  • Five-passenger seating capacity
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat, four-way manual front passenger’s seat
  • Available seat fabric partially made with bio suede PET materials (SV)
  • Available leather-appointed seating (SL)
  • Heated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats (SL)
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel (SV and SL)
  • Rear HVAC duct
  • Available passenger seat pockets (SV and SL)
  • 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 state-of-charge, instant and average energy consumption, driving time, outside temperature and autonomy range)
  • Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Available hybrid heater system (standard on SV and SL)
  • Center console storage
  • Palm shifter
  • AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback capability and four speakers (S), standard six-speaker system on SV and SL
  • Available seven-speaker Energy Efficient Series Bose® premium audio system (SV and 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
  • Standard NissanConnect with Mobile Apps (S model)
  • Available NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps (standard on SV and SL)
  • Available NissanConnect EV, 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 Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant and Voice Destination Entry (VDE)
  • Standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available HD Radio (standard on SV and SL)
  • Standard Roadside Assistance program (no charge for 36 months)
  • Available HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (standard on SL)
  • Standard RearView Monitor
  • Available Around View® Monitor (optional on SV and SL)
  • Two available interior colors – Black (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
  • Three-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 and rear crumple zones
  • Side door guard beams
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and 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: Nissan LEAF S, LEAF SV and LEAF SL
  • Vehicles and batteries assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee

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*2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate Nissan LEAF 2016 S Trim 126 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 126 MPGe measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPGe in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. 2016 EPA range of 84 miles. 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate Nissan LEAF 2016  SV & SL Trim: 2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 124 city, 101 highway. Based on EPA formula of 33.7 kW/hour equal to one gallon of gasoline energy, EPA rated the LEAF® equivalent to 124 MPGe measured as gasoline fuel efficiency in city driving, and 101 MPGe in highway driving. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only. 2016 EPA range of 107 miles.

** For complete information concerning coverage, conditions and exclusions, see your Nissan dealer and read the actual New Vehicle Limited Warranty booklet.

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