Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

Nissan Leaf New Prices

Nissan Leaf Offers

We are pleased to announce new priced deals for the Nissan Leaf (from 13 April 2017) – and with free fuel! The big news is that the deal includes the supply and installation of a free home charge point.

We are able to offer a brand new Nissan Leaf at very low rates allowing you to save on motoring expenses while driving away in an affordable brand new car. It’s a spacious car so ideal for a family. If you’re spending a lot on petrol, then you can pay for the car with what you save on fuel. You get to drive a new car for free!

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We are offering the Nissan Leaf Acenta and Tekna (each in 24kWh and 30kWh versions) on 3 year PCP; this stands for Personal Contract Purchase and is currently the most popular way to buy a car because of its flexibility. You put down a low deposit, pay an affordable monthly fee (less than many people spend just on petrol), and drive away a new car with fuel included. At the end of the term you can choose to pay an optional lump sum and keep the car, or you can just give the car back and upgrade to the latest model.

It’s like a mobile phone contract, but with miles rather than minutes included.

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The two versions have different sizes of battery and so have different ranges. Regarding this, Nissan says:

With an NEDC range of up to 124 miles (LEAF 24kWh) or up to 155 miles (LEAF 30kWh), it’s easily enough to cover most people’s needs.

We’d say this is optimistic and suggest that in typical use the standard 24kWh Leaf has a range of 60-90 miles, and the new 30kWh model has a range of 70-110 miles depending on ambient temperature and how you drive. Anyway, the 30kWh version clearly has a significant improvement in range and we would recommend it to most customers.

The Acenta is the mid-range model of the Leaf, the Tekna is the top-end model.

Nissan Leaf (Image: Autocar)
Nissan Leaf (Image: Autocar)

These are the current Leaf monthly prices (from 13 April):

Annual MileageAcenta 24kWhAcenta 30kWhTekna 24kWhTekna 30kWhFuel Included Mileage
5,000£215£227£229£24110,000
8,000£224£236£238£25110,000
10,000£229£243£244£25710,000
15,000£241£256£256£27210,000
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The other terms are as follows:

  • You pay a deposit of £999 when you order.
  • Fuel included: you get 10,000 miles of free electricity over the term (this is at the Economy 7 rate though you are not required to switch to Economy 7).
  • You get free road tax and congestion charge exemption.
  • Nissan will arrange installation of a free home charge point.
  • You get free telephone and email support.
  • The standard colour is Solid Red (metallic paint adds about £17 per month – contact us for details).
  • The prices include the battery.
  • If you were to go over the agreed mileage you would pay excess mileage of about 10p/mile.

Full details of what’s included are on the Fuel Included offer page.

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Nissan Leaf Spec

The Acenta version of the Leaf has a high specification, including:

  • Audio centre (CD, Bluetooth, iPod, USB) with 4 speakers and steering wheel controls
  • Electric windows and mirrors
  • Auto air conditioning
  • Home charging cable and rapid charging socket
  • Halogen headlamps, fog lamps, Thatcham alarm, immobiliser, daytime running lights
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • 16″ alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass
  • Nissan Carwings telematics system with 7″ colour screen and 6 speakers
  • Cruise control/speed limiter
  • Auto wipers and lights

 

The Tekna version adds the following:

  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated door mirrors
  • BOSE audio system with 7 speakers
  • 360 degree Around View Monitor
  • Black leather interior
  • LED headlights with ‘follow me home’ function
  • 17″ alloy wheels
  • Privacy glass

 

For more information download the latest Nissan LEAF Brochure.

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Coverage: We have bases and suppliers in Milton Keynes, St Albans, Northampton, Bedford and Leicester allowing us to supply all around the Midlands (including London, Luton, Oxford, Rugby, Kettering, Coventry, Nottingham and Birmingham). However we can deliver via Nissan Retail Group dealerships all around the country – just contact us for details.

 

 

 

Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society

Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. That much we know. But what other impacts will the coming automobile revolution provide?

First, a bit of managing expectations: without regulatory incentives, America’s electric car adoption looks like it will be slow to grow, and the first wave of autonomous cars might prove to be rather underwhelming. And while automakers and technology firms are indeed racing to reboot our cars—making these technologies seemingly inevitable—they are likely to take a while to get here.

What’s less certain is how they’ll change the world. Benedict Evans, a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and no stranger to tech trends analysis, has published some thoughts on what he calls second- and third-order effects of the disruption that’s going to play out on our highways. And his insights describe a future made fundamentally different by the technologies.

Consider electrification. We know that losing the internal combustion engine will be good for the planet. But, as Evans points out, a lot will change when the supporting infrastructure for gas guzzlers disappears: many repair shops will be out of a job, because most car maintenance is focused around the motor. And gas stations no longer have a purpose, so what happens to the convenience stores that they contain—and the half of America’s tobacco sales that gas stations account for?

As for self-driving cars, every company involved in the nascent industry is keen to point out that autonomous vehicles will crash less frequently than those driven by humans. But the benefits of a car that can drive itself aren’t limited to moving folks from A to B: it can also go park itself somewhere usually considered too inconvenient for human passengers, ready to be beckoned when needed. That means that huge swaths of land in the hearts of cities, currently used as parking lots, could be repurposed—potentially upending the real estate market.

These are just a couple of the examples Evans provides, and there are far more to consider.

Read more: MIT Technology Review

E-Berlingo Multispace joins Citroen’s EV range

Citroen has launched the E-Berlingo Multispace, an all-electric MPV that joins the C-Zero, E-Mehari, and Berlingo van in the French firm’s plug-in line-up.

The E-Berlingo Multispace has an official range of 105 miles (170km), and is available with rapid charging as an option, allowing drivers to charge the Citroen’s 22.5 kWh battery pack from 0-80% in around 30 minutes.

As the conventionally-powered Citroen Berlingo Multispace and vans share their componentry with the Peugeot Partner Teepee and vans, the E-Berlingo Multispace shares the same powertrain specification too. That means the Citroen uses a 49 kW electric motor (67bhp) which provides 200 Nm of torque and drives through a single-speed transmission.

The electric MPV shares many features with the Peugeot Partner Tepee Electric

The cabin has almost 80 litres of storage space dotted about it, and the E-Berlingo Multispace has 675 litres of luggage space with the rear seats in place. Remove those and that expands to a huge 3,000 litres.

With sliding rear doors and a zero-tailpipe emission powertrain, Citroen is pitching the E-Berlingo Multispace as an excellent inner-city car. Drivers will be charged no VED – even under the new rules – and will not need to pay any congestion charge or toxicity charge costs either.

The E-Berlingo Multispace’s battery has an eight year / 100,000km warranty and is available to order now.

Source: Next Green Car

Why BMW’s i3 is the ideal city car

Believe it or not the BMW i3 was unveiled back in 2013, long before Brexit dominated the news, and the presidency was just a glint in Trump’s eye. But despite that, it still looks and feels like one of the most futuristic cars on the road in the UK.

Design and features

The BMW i3 was one of the first electric cars which, in our opinion, actually looks good. It’s distinctive, and looks futuristic. But it’s under the surface where the i3 really shines – it’s been designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle (unlike most other electric cars) and therefore is a lot more revolutionary than its competitors.

It’s based around a carbon-fibre passenger cell with an aluminium subframe for the suspension, motor and battery pack. This maximised the space inside, while minimising the size outside.

Tooling up for carbon-fibre construction is just the beginning of the i3’s techfest. All i3s get Bluetooth, DAB radio, iDrive Touch, cruise control, BMW Business Navigation, BMW Online, BMW Apps and Advanced BMW ConnectedDrive.
You’ll also get bags of clever connected and remote features. Things like streaming music from the internet and support for sending navigation destinations direct from your phone or laptop to your i3. Or unlocking remotely with a smartphone app.

Performance

Thanks to the instant torque from the electric motor, even the i3 Range Extender with its heavy lithium battery and petrol generator will hit 62 mph in 8.1 seconds. That’s impressively swift, and especially useful when darting around in London traffic.

The i3, just like any electric car, is at its best around town. It’s quick, it’s responsive and it’s refined. Even the best combustion cars make noises, shift gears and take critical moments to respond to throttle inputs but the i3 is silent, and quick (yet also relaxing with great visibility).

When we first received the i3 we’d try to charge it at every possible opportunity, and suffered from major range anxiety. But after some time with the vehicle, we quickly became more relaxed, and would let the battery run down to around 10-percent before we plugged it in. That’s where the petrol generator comes in useful – it provides peace of mind.

Read more: T3.com

Mitsubishi announces updated Outlander PHEV Juro spec

Mitsubishi has upgraded the levels of equipment in its Outlander PHEV Juro – the one of the best value trim levels available for the UK’s best selling plug-in car.

Following on from a recent raft of revisions to the Outlander range, the Juro trim now has an electronic parking brake with auto hold, smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB added to the audio system, a reversing camera, and EV Priority mode.

The Juro trim level benefits from improved equipment levels

This last function allows the driver to hold the car in electric-only mode for as long as there is charge in the battery pack. Without the engine kicking in, it means the Outlander PHEV can be driven effectively as an EV for short distances.

The improved smartphone connectivity allows for safer driving and greater convenience. Drivers can use the phone’s voice commands and certain apps through the car, for traffic updates for example. Other features on the Juro specification include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, climate control, and Mitsubishi PHEV app for pre-conditioning capability.

The new model is available to order now, with prices staring at £33,499 after the UK Government’s Plug-in Car Grant – worth £2,500 for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – has been taken off.

Source: Next Green Car