This story about the new Nissan LEAF was first published by CleanTechnica
CleanTechnica got to interview Ken Kcomt, Director of Product Planning at Nissan, and Ira Dee, Product Manager at Nissan North America, about the new Nissan LEAF, as well as the challenges the new LEAF had to overcome.
Many cars will be passed off as new with nothing much to add beyond a facelift and a few modifications. This is obviously not so for the new Nissan LEAF. Far from rewriting what has already been said about the new LEAF, though, there are a few key important changes that set this new electric vehicle (EV) apart from most others that I want to highlight.
Yes, the Nissan LEAF was designed electric from the ground up and is therefore in a prestigious league. The new one is a complete overhaul and only heavier than the original by 120 lb. One thing that struck me is the trunk space is exceptionally big for an EV. Ira Dee told us that Nissan was able to achieve this by rearranging everything in the back of the car — rear-weels and other structural components included — to free up as much space as possible in the trunk. We’d be hard-pressed to find EVs that offer that much space today.
Overall, the new Nissan LEAF has a lower center of gravity, as well as an increased battery pack density, which means the engineers were able to squeeze more batteries into the same place they sat in the original LEAF while opening more space inside. They were able to do this by reshuffling the interior space and make it more efficient.
Nissan LEAF Gets Along With Your House
The other big news with the new Nissan LEAF is its intelligent mobility. The car now comes with a vehicle-to-home (V2H) feature that will come in handy in case of emergency. If you’re not familiar with that, V2H is bi-directional charging capability that allows the Nissan LEAF to charge but also allows it to send power back to your home. What this means is you could feasibly charge somewhere and drive back home to run your home electricity needs from your LEAF. Well, at least, you could do that for about a day or so, and then you’d need to push your LEAF to the nearest fast charger. Want to bet someone will try that?