Nissan Leaf

nissan leaf

RANGE

270 - 385kms

PRICE

$47,990+

The Leaf is an iconic electric hatchback, and is the most popular EV on New Zealand’s roads. Used predominantly as a second car or round-town runner, newer variants with longer range make it an all-rounder.

In 2018, the Leaf underwent a major change in looks and shape, leading to a roomy hatchback with significant boot space.

Specs

Nissan Leaf 40 kWh

2018→
nissan leaf

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.

Note that the Japanese import version has only a 3.6 kW charger. From 2023 Nissan NZ identified the base Leaf as a 39 kWh battery (indicating its usable capacity rather than total).

Price

Price$47,990

Performance

0-100 km/h7.9 s
Top Speed144 km/h
Total Power110 kW
DriveFront Wheel Drive

Range & Efficiency

WLTP Consumption measures recharged electric energy from the mains (includes charging losses).
WLTP Range270 km
Highway Range207 km
WLTP Consumption171 Wh/km
Charging Cost $4.28/100 km

Nissan Leaf 40 kWh: Real Range

Estimate the real world range that may be achieved in local conditions.
Real range239 km
Consumption6.1 km / kWh
16.3 kWh / 100 km

Type of driving

All urban
↔
All highway

Outside temperature

14 °C

Battery & Charging

Battery40 kWh / 39 kWh
ChemistryNMC
AC speed (max)6.6 kW
DC speed (max)46 kW
V2L-

Dimensions

Seats5
Tow Rating- / -
Boot Space435 L / 1176 L
Frunk-
ShapeHatchback
Length4490 mm
Width1788 mm
Height1540 mm
Kerb Weight1594 kg

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Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh

2019→
nissan leaf

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.

NZ New E+ Leafs give the battery as 59 kWh. This is the usable battery.

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

Price

Price$56,990

Performance

0-100 km/h6.9 s
Top Speed157 km/h
Total Power160 kW
DriveFront Wheel Drive

Range & Efficiency

WLTP Consumption measures recharged electric energy from the mains (includes charging losses).
WLTP Range385 km
Highway Range295 km
WLTP Consumption185 Wh/km
Charging Cost $4.63/100 km

Nissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh: Real Range

Estimate the real world range that may be achieved in local conditions.
Real range341 km
Consumption5.8 km / kWh
17.3 kWh / 100 km

Type of driving

All urban
↔
All highway

Outside temperature

14 °C

Battery & Charging

Battery62 kWh / 59 kWh
ChemistryNMC
AC speed (max)6.6 kW
DC speed (max)50 kW
V2L-

Dimensions

Seats5
Tow Rating- / -
Boot Space420 L / 1161 L
Frunk-
ShapeHatchback
Length4490 mm
Width1788 mm
Height1540 mm
Kerb Weight1736 kg

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Nissan Leaf 40 kWhNissan Leaf e+ 62 kWh
Price$47,990$56,990
Range (WLTP)270 km385 km
Highway Range211 km300 km
0-100 km/h7.9 s6.9 s
Top Speed144 km/h157 km/h
DriveFWDFWD
Power110 kW160 kW
Battery (nominal)40 kWh62 kWh
Battery (usable)39 kWh59 kWh
WLTP Consumption171 Wh/km185 Wh/km
ChemistryNMCNMC
AC speed6.6 kW6.6 kW
DC speed46 kW50 kW
Vehicle to Load--
Boot space435 L420 L
Boot (seats down)1176 L1161 L
Frunk--
Seats55
Length4490 mm4490 mm
Width1788 mm1788 mm
Height1540 mm1540 mm
Weight1594 kg1736 kg
Tow (braked)--
Tow (unbraked)--
These model(s) are only available second-hand, either locally, or as used imports.

Nissan Leaf 24 kWh

2011-2016
nissan leaf 24

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.

Price

Used Price (est.)$5k+

Performance

0-100 km/h11.9 s
Top Speed144 km/h
Total Power80 kW
DriveFront Wheel Drive

Range & Efficiency

WLTP Consumption measures recharged electric energy from the mains (includes charging losses).
WLTP Range115 km
Highway Range88 km
WLTP Consumption142 Wh/km
Charging Cost $3.55/100 km

Battery & Charging

Battery24 kWh / 22 kWh
ChemistryNMC
AC speed (max)3.3 kW
DC speed (max)46 kW
V2L-

Dimensions

Seats5
Tow Rating- / -
Boot Space370 L / 680 L
Frunk-
ShapeHatchback
Length4445 mm
Width1770 mm
Height1550 mm
Kerb Weight1505 kg

Nissan Leaf 30 kWh

2016-2017
nissan leaf 24

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

Range is dependent on the battery state of health.

Price

Used Price (est.)$9k+

Performance

0-100 km/h11.9 s
Top Speed144 km/h
Total Power80 kW
DriveFront Wheel Drive

Range & Efficiency

WLTP Consumption measures recharged electric energy from the mains (includes charging losses).
WLTP Range160 km
Highway Range122 km
WLTP Consumption142 Wh/km
Charging Cost $3.55/100 km

Battery & Charging

Battery30 kWh / 27.5 kWh
ChemistryNMC
AC speed (max)3.3 kW
DC speed (max)46 kW
V2L-

Dimensions

Seats5
Tow Rating- / -
Boot Space370 L / 680 L
Frunk-
ShapeHatchback
Length4445 mm
Width1770 mm
Height1550 mm
Kerb Weight1505 kg

Guides

Battery State of Health and Range

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

Degradation is around 3% per year.

NOTE: This level of degradation is only in pre-2018 (older shape) Leafs. Newer Leafs are not showing the same linear drop in health.

State of Health (SoH) is the most important consideration when buying a Leaf (more so than km’s traveled).

SoH cannot be read on a Nissan Leaf without using some extra kit; however, the dashboard displays the number of bars that correlate to SoH and, therefore range.

Battery Bars vs SOH

There is a correlation between the State of health and battery bars; however, this is not perfect. There is variation as to exactly when the dashboard bars ‘drop’ (there can be a lag).

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
647.5% – 53.75%63-72 km79-90 km

Figures are based on a 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 (last updated late 2023).

Year24 kWh SoH and Range30 kWh40 kWh
201157% – 77 km
201266% – 89 km
201373% – 98 km
201475% – 101 km
201576% – 102 km
201675% – 126 km
201778% – 131 km87% – 235 km
201887% – 235 km
201988% – 238 km
202091% – 246 km

2011-2013 Leafs seem to have a huge variety in the State of Health, making it difficult to assess the range.

This data comes from real-world monitoring done by FliptheFleet. It represents the 50th percentile of vehicles (i.e., the median). As a basic rule of thumb, a pre-2014 Leaf appeared to have the worst battery packs (again at around 4.5% per year). Leafs from 2014 onward appear to degrade at 2.6% per year (so SoH = 100 – 2.6 x years old).

Leaf Model names:

ZE0- 2011-2012
AZE0-0 and AZE0-1 2013-2015
AZE0-2 2016-2017 (starting production in late 2015)
ZE1- 2018-

Trim Levels

Leafs 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.

NZ New Nissan Leaf

Nissan New Zealand sold new Leafs between 2012 and 2015 (about 80 were registered), but these 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 a modest success as an NZ new vehicle, it is still the primary choice of used import EV.

Local reviews on New Zealand roads

Tarmac Life
Face-leafted – 2023 Nissan Leaf review

"The 2023 Leaf may be a facelift but it’s been given far more than just a prettier face. It’s more modern in technology, more refined on the road and more efficient in its powertrain – hopefully the purists won’t call this a Gen 4 though."

Ecotricity
New Zealand review: Is the Nissan Leaf still a good buy in 2022?

"Sure it may be about as exciting as a rainy weekend in Palmerston North but not everyone wants or needs a sports car. Some people just want safe reliable transport to get from point A to point B cheaply, and if that is you then the Nissan Leaf is worth a look. "

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All Time
12
Last 12 months
15

The Nissan Leaf is the 12th best selling new fully electric vehicle (of all time) - in New Zealand. Over the past 12 months, the Nissan Leaf was the 15th best selling new EV.

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How many Nissan Leaf's have been sold in NZ?

There have been 23,256 Nissan Leaf's registered in NZ to date. This is made up of 4.8% NZ new and 95.2% used import.

How many sold per month and year

Nissan Leaf registrations per month and year, (NZ new and used imports combined).

How many of each submodel is there?

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

SubmodelUnits
LEAF 160KW/EV/FD447
LEAF 110KW/EV/FD374
LEAF 40KWH/EV/FD175
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LEAF 60KWH/EV/FD27
TECKNA 110KW/EV/CVT4
LEAF 60KW/EV/FD3
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