The Nissan Ariya will shortly get there at the firm’s U.S. dealerships, but it won’t be the only EV featured at them.

The other, of program, is the Nissan Leaf. The Ariya crossover isn’t changing Leaf: Nissan lowered the Leaf’s value a pair many years in the past, seemingly to make room for the Ariya. 

The 2023 Nissan Leaf sees some aspect alterations, inside a slimmed-down lineup, and some aspects expose slight gains in performance for the very long-operating electric powered hatchback.

2023 Nissan Leaf

2023 Nissan Leaf

From a configuration standpoint, the battery pack shifts from 62 kwh to 60 kwh. It is the most considerable update to the Leaf given that the 2019 model’s Additionally version attained its 62-kwh battery pack. That pushed the Leaf, for the first time, previous the 200-mile barrier that some could say distinguishes a extended-range EV. 

By the EPA ratings, selection with the newly downsized pack dips somewhat, but effectiveness rises a bit. The 2022 Nissan Leaf earned 104 MPGe combined in SV or SL kind with the 62-kwh battery pack, amounting to a 215-mile array, or 108 MPGe in foundation S Additionally type (no lengthier available), bringing a 226-mile range. The 2023 Leaf SV earns a 109 MPGe mixed ranking and a 212-mile variety, despite the fact that it’s the EPA’s town-cycle quantities that component into that most noticeably. 

The battery pack adjust isn’t just capacity (gross, not usable, in the Leaf’s case). Nissan instructed Eco-friendly Automobile Experiences that there are genuine battery-chemistry alterations at participate in, as effectively as what Nissan describes as “minor aerodynamic enhancements for this design year.”

2023 Nissan Leaf

2023 Nissan Leaf

The variations “allowed us to sustain the excellent worth of Leaf with minimal—if any—impact on assortment,” according to Nissan communications supervisor Dan Passe. The Leaf, which is U.S.-constructed, starts at $36,895 in its 60-kwh variation, or just $28,895 in base 40-kwh form, and right up until the finish of the 12 months it is even now qualified for the whole $7,500 EV tax credit score. 

The Leaf stays noteworthy as the only air-cooled EV for the U.S. marketplace, and Nissan has manufactured a collection of managing improvements to the chemistry that, right after much more than a ten years on the sector, make the Leaf’s pack fewer prone to warmth and range degradation than earlier variations. As cell chemistry and battery administration methods have developed, air-cooling is at the time once more being considered by automakers—Mercedes-Benz, for example—as a excess weight-conserving chance for long term EVs.

Nissan Leaf and Fermata Energy FE-15 bidirectional charger

Nissan Leaf and Fermata Electricity FE-15 bidirectional charger

Nissan has not swapped the Leaf’s CHAdeMO rapidly-charging port for a CCS a single, but earlier this yr it accepted the very first warranty-supported bidirectional charger for the Leaf, letting it to offer electricity back again to the grid in some configurations. 

Whilst an eventual potential replacement could see a deeper stage of alter, for now these incremental assortment boosts and efficiency enhancements display that Nissan has not forgotten about its most cost-effective EV.