Deliveries of Leaf EV will begin from April 2019 onwards in Thailand as Nissan expands its reach in Asia and Oceania region
Nissan has recently introduced the Leaf electric vehicle in Thailand with prices starting at 1,990,000 Thai baht (Approx Rs. 42.53 lakh). Having presented the globally popular EV at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2018, deliveries will commence from April next year onwards.
The market debut in Thailand is part of Nissan’s plans to launch the Leaf EV in seven countries in the Asian and Oceania region through this year. They are Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand with Indonesia and Philippines being considered.
Customers can pre-book the Nissan Leaf, which comes with standard 3-year/1 lakh km warranty. The EV system warranty is for 5-year/1 lakh km and the battery deterioration warranty for 8-year/ 1,60,000 km. It will offered across 33 certified dealerships in Thailand.
The Japanese manufacturer announced its intentions to launch premium products in the Indian market and that the e-Power as well as Leaf are definitely under consideration. Nissan showcased the Leaf EV several times already in India including the MOVE Summit 2018.
It will reportedly be on display at Nissan’s Digital Hub in Kerala as well. Expect it to commercially arrive in the second half of 2019. It is to be noted that the company is all pumped to launch the India-spec Kicks SUV in mid January. The Leaf could act as a technology showcase for Nissan just as Kona EV for Hyundai (launching in mid 2019).
The second generation Nissan Leaf measures 4,480 mm long, 1,790 mm wide and stands 1,540 mm tall with 2,700 mm wheelbase. It uses a EM57 electric motor to produce150 PS and 320 Nm of peak torque.
The 40 kWh lithium-ion battery pack takes up to 16 hours to fully charge using a 3 kW charger and the time is reduced to half using a 6 kW charger. However, using a fast charger 80% can be achieved in just 40 minutes. In JC08 cycle, it has a cruising range of close to km on a single charge.