To keep up in the electric car arms race, the Nissan Leaf gets more range, thanks to a larger-capacity battery. Does this make the e+ more appealing than the regular model?…
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Electric cars, such as the new Nissan Leaf e+, may not be the panacea for the crisis of climate change, but they can certainly help, even if only on a local level, to clean up the air in our cities. It’s a good job, then, that we’re in the midst of an electric car arms race.
What do we mean by that? It’s all about range. Just five years ago, tackling the London-to-Brighton run in a Kia Soul EV would’ve been pushing it. Then along came Tesla and simply blew away the mainstream manufacturers with the ever-increasing range of its Model S. And now they’re catching up – fast.
The Kia e-Niro, our 2019 Car of the Year, is capable of covering around 280 miles between charges, according to the official WLTP test, as is its sister car, the Hyundai Kona Electric. So, despite having been launched only last February, the regular Leaf’s official range of 168 miles now looks feeble. The Leaf e+ increases it to a claimed 239 miles, thanks to a bigger battery – 62kWh over 40kWh.
Read more: What Car