The 2nd-generation Nissan Leaf was teased to the Malaysian market during last year’s KL International Motor Show, and the pure electric vehicle has just been officially launched in Malaysia. The CBU Japan-made Leaf won’t be eligible for for Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) incentives, but will still qualify for import tax exemption. This means that the one “Premium” model will go for RM188,888 for its on-the-road price, without insurance.
As for what’s under the hood, the Leaf’s 40kWh lithium-ion battery gives it a range of 311km on a full-charge, while it has a respectable 0-100 km/h time of 7.9 seconds thanks to an EM57 electric motor that drives the front wheels at 150PS and 320Nm of torque (certainly not a slouch, then). In case you’re thinking of breaking land speed records with the admittedly sporty-looking electric hatch, the Leaf’s top-speed is electronically limited to 155km/h.
Charging the Leaf’s 350-volt battery can be done in a few ways. You have a Type 1 port situated on the nose of the car which can be connected to a bundled single-phase home wallbox charger that delivers 6.6kW of single-phase AC charging power—it’ll take around 7 hours to recharge fully.
If you charge the car through its CHAdeMO port (50kW), you can get the Leaf fully-charged in just an hour, as well. Several DC charging stations have already been set up: ABB Malaysia (Subang Jaya), Nichicon (Bandar Baru Bangi) and PLUS (Ayer Keroh R&R).
You can also opt to charge the Leaf at any of Nissan’s 17 dealerships (operated by ETCM) via the same 6.6kW AC wallbox, but plugging in at public EV charging stations, you’ll need to use a Type 2 to Type 1 adaptor—Nissans says that an adaptor accessory should become available here soon.
A subscription service
Nissan has provided some perks for the newly-launched Leaf, as well. If you’re looking for a slightly unconventional way to get the car, you can sign up for a subscription service that will set you back RM3,500 per month for a 3-year contract. Then, subscribers will have the option of purchasing the car outright, or signing up for another new Leaf.
Given the fact that charging stations aren’t that readily available outside urban areas, Leaf customers will also have 23-days free usage of a Nissan X-Trail, Serena, or Navara for the first 3 years after purchasing a Leaf.
New buyers will get a 3-year/100,000km warranty and free service and maintenance for 3 years/60,000km. The car’s lithium-ion battery gets an eight-year/160,000km warranty, similar to what Hybrid carmakers are offering to customers for peace of mind.
As for colour options, customers get to choose between single-tone and dual-tone looks (see above). For the latter, you can opt for Pearl White with a Deep Blue Pearl roof or Magnetic Red with a Super Black roof. And for a more conventional single-tone look, your colour options are Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Gun Metal Grey, and Deep Blue Pearl.
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