2019 Nissan Leaf gets e+ version with more power, better range

2019 started off great for electric cars

The 2019 Nissan Leaf e+ is one of the electric cars we didn’t expect to arrive in 2019, but we’re glad it did. And so should be those in the market for an EV.

Courtesy of a 62-kWh battery pack (e+ comes from increased energy density), the new Nissan Leaf derivative boasts an EPA-estimated range of 226 miles (363 km), which accounts for a 40% increase over the regular Leaf.

Moreover, the Leaf e+ is fitted with a more powerful, 160-kW electric motor also good for 250 lb-ft (340 Nm) of torque. Nissan says that the acceleration from 50 mph (80 km/h) to 75 mph (120 km/h) is 13 percent quicker.

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With the Leaf e+, Nissan is also offering faster charging options thanks to the 70 kW Quick Charging system. The Japanese carmaker estimates that owners should expect similar charging times when connected to a 100-kW charger.

The e-Pedal feature is also present. If you’re not familiar with it, then you should know that this feature allows the driver to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop using solely the accelerator pedal. For the e+, however, the setup has been reprogrammed for smoother operation and more feedback.

The Nissan Leaf e+ will be sold as the Leaf Plus in the US and Canada, while the rest of the world will know it as the Leaf e+.

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