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bigger range, shorter recharge for updated EV | CarAdvice

The updated Nissan Leaf has been unveiled at the 2013 Geneva motor show, boasting improved range, practicality and charging times.

The Nissan Leaf, a car the Japanese manufacturer says has become the world’s best-selling electric vehicle with 50,000 units sold globally, has been updated and re-engineered to appease European tastes.

Part of the more than 100 updates to the newNissan Leaf see the all-electric car’s driving range improve from 175km to 199km, under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), and charging times reduced by half, from eight to four hours, via a new 6.6kW on-board charger that allows the use of 32-amp charging where available (typical domestic sockets deliver 10 amps).

While visual changes are limited to a subtly revised front grille that helps reduce aerodynamic drag from 0.29 to 0.28 Cd, the new Leaf’s powertrain – still made up of an 80kW AC synchronous motor powered by a 48-module compact lithium-ion battery – is now assembled together as a single stack unit and mounted below the cabin. The new location means a lower centre of gravity and should result in improved handling.

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