Nissan Leaf EV Exhibited At 2019 BIMS; India Launch This Year

Nissan Leaf EV 2019 Bangkok Motor Show

Nissan Leaf will be launched in India as part of the new 2022 roadmap; expected to have an electric range close to 400 km on a single charge

During the launch of the Kicks premium SUV, Nissan revealed plans for its future with the 2022 roadmap focussing on expanding its sales network, digital experience and bringing new technologies to the domestic market. With e-Power technology being considered for India, Nissan is not shying away from EVs either.

The Leaf electric vehicle, which became the first zero-emission model across the globe to cross four lakh unit sales earlier this month, was confirmed to debut sometime this year in India. In recent years, Nissan has been widening the footprint of the Leaf across Asia and in December 2018 it debuted in Thailand.

It has graced the ongoing 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show as well. In Thailand, the Leaf is retailed with a standard warranty of 3 years/1 lakh km. It has a starting price of 1,990,000 Thai baht (Rs. 43.26 lakh) and measures 4,480 mm long, 1,790 mm wide and stands 1,540 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm.

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The eco-friendly vehicle comes fitted with an EM57 electric motor that develops a maximum power of 150 PS and 320 Nm and the 40 kWh Li-ion battery pack takes as much as 16 hours to fully charge with a standard charger. A 6 kW charger reduces the charging time by half while a fast charger replenishes the battery by up to 80% in 40 minutes.

In the JC08 cycle, Nissan claims that the Leaf has an electric range of 400 kilometres on a single charge and it will be interesting to see the range certified for India. The Leaf could be brought into India through CBU (Completely Built Up) route and is expected to carry a price tag of around Rs. 35 lakh (ex-showroom).

The Leaf e-hatchback made its India debut at the MOVE Summit in New Delhi in 2018 and is expected to be sold in limited numbers at least initially. Hyundai is also launching the electrified Kona in the second half of this year in India with likely range of around 350 km using its lower capacity battery pack.