Nissan Leaf

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The Nissan Leaf is New Zealand's best selling full electric vehicle - see top 10

The Nissan Leaf is NZ’s most popular full electric used import, and arguably the cheapest.

Nissan Leaf 24 kWh
USED

2011-2016

Range

115kms

Battery

24kWh

Price

$9k+
  • Body Type
  • Seats
  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Hatchback
  • 5
  • 4450 mm
  • 1770 mm
  • 1550 mm
  • 0-100 km/h
  • Top speed
  • Power
  • Drive
  • Tow
  • 11.9 s
  • 144 km/h
  • 80 kW
  • FWD
  • -
  • Highway range
  • Running cost
  • Home charge
  • Fast charge (DC)
  • Dashboard economy
  • 89 km
  • $2.13/100 km
  • 3.3 kW
  • 46 kW
  • No data

The Nissan Leaf was first registered in New Zealand in 2011, with an upgrade in late 2012. The 30 kWh battery was made available between 2016 and 2017.

The degree of battery wear significantly affects range. A 24 kWh Leaf won't have more than 125 km range. Generally, the older the vehicle, the lower the range.

An older Leaf is best used as a city or urban-only car. The Leaf has DC fast-charging capability, but its short range make it a poor choice for regional travel.

Nissan Leaf 30 kWh
USED

2016-2017

Range

145kms

Battery

30kWh

Price

$19k+
  • Body Type
  • Seats
  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Hatchback
  • 5
  • 4450 mm
  • 1770 mm
  • 1550 mm
  • 0-100 km/h
  • Top speed
  • Power
  • Drive
  • Tow
  • 11.9 s
  • 144 km/h
  • 80 kW
  • FWD
  • -
  • Highway range
  • Running cost
  • Home charge
  • Fast charge (DC)
  • Dashboard economy
  • 112 km
  • $2.13/100 km
  • 3.3 kW
  • 46 kW
  • No data

In 2016 a 30 kWh battery version of the Leaf replaced the older 24 kWh versions. This provided a slightly longer range. Nissan New Zealand did not sell these vehicles, and all of them are used imports.

Range is entirely dependent on the battery state of health.

Nissan Leaf 40 kWh

2018→

Range

270kms

Battery

40kWh

Price

$53,365*
  • Body Type
  • Seats
  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Hatchback
  • 5
  • 4490 mm
  • 1788 mm
  • 1540 mm
  • 0-100 km/h
  • Top speed
  • Power
  • Drive
  • Tow
  • 7.9 s
  • 144 km/h
  • 110 kW
  • FWD
  • -
  • Highway range
  • Running cost
  • Home charge
  • Fast charge (DC)
  • Dashboard economy
  • 208 km
  • $2.57/100 km
  • 6.6 kW
  • 46 kW
  • 137 Wh/km

The second-generation Leaf is a significant upgrade to its popular predecessor. The 5-seat hatchback is roomier, with multiple feature upgrades (such as one-pedal driving). It continues to be a popular choice, with most customers opting for used imports rather than NZ new.

Its 200+ km range is starting to look dated as newer EVs hit the market.

Note that the Japanese import version has only a 3.6 kW charger.

Nissan Leaf 62 kWh E+

2019→

Range

385kms

Battery

62kWh

Price

$61,365*
  • Body Type
  • Seats
  • Length
  • Width
  • Height
  • Hatchback
  • 5
  • 4490 mm
  • 1788 mm
  • 1540 mm
  • 0-100 km/h
  • Top speed
  • Power
  • Drive
  • Tow
  • 6.9 s
  • 157 km/h
  • 160 kW
  • FWD
  • -
  • Highway range
  • Running cost
  • Home charge
  • Fast charge (DC)
  • Dashboard economy
  • 296 km
  • $2.78/100 km
  • 6.6 kW
  • 100 kW
  • 153 Wh/km

The E+ does not just have a bigger battery but a more powerful motor (160 kW compared to the standard 110 kW Leaf), giving it quicker acceleration and more torque.

While most Leafs on the road are used imports, among NZ New vehicles, 80% are the 62 kWh E+.

* Rebate applied. Original price is $61,990
* Rebate applied. Original price is $69,990

Guides

Battery State of Health and Range

Over time Leaf batteries lose their ability to hold their charge.

State of Health (SoH) is the most important consideration when buying a Leaf (arguably far more so than km's travelled).

SoH cannot be read on a Nissan Leaf without using some extra kit, however the dashboard does show the number of bars which correlates to SoH and therefore range.

BarsState of Health24 kWh Range30 kWh Range40 kWh Range
1285% - 100%115-135 km142-168 km230-270 km
1178.75% - 85%106-114 km132-142 km213-230 km
1072.5% - 78.75%98-106 km122-132 km
966.25% - 72.5%90-98 km111-122 km
860% - 66.25%81-90 km100-111 km
753.75% - 60%72-81 km90-100 km

Figures are based on 135 km real world range (on a brand new 24 kWh Leaf), and 168 km (on a 30 kWh Leaf).

Range of Leaf by Year

Battery SoH is the best way of estimating range, but there are some correlations to the vehicle's year.

Year24 kWh SoH and Range30 kWh40 kWh
201163% - 85 km-
201270% - 94 km-
201366% - 89 km-
201478% - 106 km-
201580% - 108 km82% - 138 km
201683% - 112 km80% - 134 km
2017-82% - 138 km88% - 238 km
2018--88% - 238 km
2019--91% - 246 km

2011-2013 Leaf's seem to have huge variety in State of Health, making it difficult to assess range.

This data comes from real-world monitoring done by FliptheFleet. It represents the 50th percentile of vehicles (i.e. the mid point).

Trim Levels

Leaf's have three distinct trim levels. The top level tends to have heated seats and steering wheel.

BaseMid LevelTop Level
JapanSXG
UKAcentaN-ConnectaTekna
USAS and S PlusSV and SV PlusSL Plus

Some imports are the Autech sub-variation (ex-Japan only). The Autech Leaf has distinct LED lights in the front bumper, and body trim enhancements giving it a sportier look.

Background

Nissan New Zealand sold new Leaf's from 2012 and 2015 (about 80 were registered), but were undercut by used imports (from Japan or UK).

They stopped selling new vehicles until about 2019 when the next generation (ZE1) was supplied. While there has been modest success as a NZ new vehicle, it is still the primary choice of used import EV.

How many Leaf's sold in NZ?

Data shown for all Nissan Leaf variations combined including both NZ New and Used import registrations. Breakdown by year or month.

How many Leaf's are there in NZ?

There have been 17,588 Nissan Leaf's registered in NZ to date.

This is made up of 3.7% NZ New and 96.3% Used Import.

How many of each submodel is there?

How many units of each major model variation (NZ new) have been registered to date.

Raw submodel dataUnits
LEAF 110KW/EV/FD320
LEAF 160KW/EV/FD242
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TECKNA 110KW/EV/CVT4
Data sources

Vehicle numbers from Waka Kotahi MVR database. See more about data sources and definitions.

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