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The Electric Nissan Leaf!

White Nissan leaf charging in garage

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric family five-door hatchback that’s that runs on a 107bhp electric motor.

The low-mileage market is a broad one, and if the Leaf can prove that it offers the same ease of use as its conventional rivals, excepting the range, this could be the start of the electric car revolution that has been on the brink of happening for years. Instead of different engine options there are two battery options of 24kWh and 30kWh. The smaller one allows a theoretical maximum range of 124 miles, while the larger one extends this to 155 miles - but it is only available on higher-grade trims.

Interior workings of the Leaf

All models come with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth telephone integration, a USB port and a CD player. As well as Nissan Connect EV and sat-nav, Acenta models add a six-speaker audio system and a rear-view camera, while top of the range Tekna models gain a Bose seven-speaker sound system and a full 360-degree parking monitor.

Nissan Leaf interior

Owning a Leaf offers buyers significantly lower running costs than a standard car. After all, it doesn’t use any petrol or diesel, charging it is cheap and it’s exempt from road tax and congestion charge costs. Alternatives such as the VW e-Golf may be better to drive, and the distinctive BMW i3 more luxurious and desirable, but the Nissan is the more affordable all-electric option.

Nissan leaf rear shot driving